WW2 fighter pilots contributing to regenerative medicine.

My main academic and life interest is the field of Regenerative Medicine. In years past, regenerative medicine was considered by many (including me when I was far less medically educated) to be fake medicine … but in the past 20 years or so, technology caught-up with medicine and regenerative medicine is now a reality. We are able to build new organs for patients from their own stem cells; we inject stem cells into the heart of myocardial infarction (heart attack) patients as a means to regenerate some of their heart tissue; doctors and researchers are doing so much good for so many who have suffered for so long.

I am writing a research paper about bone fracture repair, and I am including information from this bone regeneration TED Talk by Molly Stevens. At minute 1:43, she discusses how WW2 fighter pilots inspired early breakthroughs in regenerative medicine.

Just thought that you might find the pilots’ contributions to science to be of interest!


  1. I really enjoyed that lecture, thanks for sharing! I never really gave a lot of thought to regenerative medicine as an individual unit or speciality. I was a vet student but never really put a lot of thought in to this category of medicine, what a great idea though! As an owner of horses and seeing highly competitive equine partners struggle with chronic arthritis in their hocks and stifles from the pressure exerted when jumping and from heavy training routines, it would be amazing even in our field, to find a way to regenerate bone loss and deformity. Although slightly off topic, they have successfully cloned a show jumping horse! Pretty impressive how far medicine has come! I really got a kick out of the veterans canopy debris not causing any inflammation or secondary complications and is now being used for patients with cataracts. Very funny about the football players wanting thicker skulls too… Dur dur!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the lecture! If you want more information on regenerative medicine/if you want your mind blown, you should check-out Dr. Anthony Atala’s TED talk about bioprinting a human kidney. One of the things that attracts me to regenerative medicine is that is actually blows my mind. It has limitless potential, and it focuses on healing, wellness, and extending quality of life as opposed to providing a stop-gap when bad things occur. It’s incredible.

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