From offering new cancer-fighting options to re-growing damaged organs and nerves, regenerative techniques have a use in nearly every area of medicine.

These diverse applications are explored in the new book, “Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine,” edited by David Warburton, MD, director of developmental biology and regenerative medicine at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and published by World Scientific.

David Warburton

David Warburton

The book features chapters by scientists from CHLA and USC, as well as from colleagues worldwide. These field leaders discuss key concepts and new developments, offering comprehensive insight into the current state of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine research.

“The book addresses some of the big questions faced by researchers in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine,” said Warburton, who is also professor of pediatrics and surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC.

“Those of us working in this field in California are positively impacted by the critical funding provided by the citizens of the state through the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM),” Warburton said. “I believe this book shows that the hope behind CIRM — the hope that stem cells can really revolutionize medicine and human health — is fully justified.”

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— Debra Kain