When Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo was injured in the run-up to the European Championship last summer, stem cells came to his rescue. After an injury to his thigh, a muscle graft provided the catalyst to a speedy return, and Portugal took home the trophy.
Success stories like this bring attention and business to stem cell treatment, even if it is still in the experimental phase. The hope is that stem cells will one day serve as the miracle cure for those suffering from ailing joints, organs, or nerve cells. Their ability to regenerate holds much promise.
Since the discovery that stem cells can be harvested from the umbilical cord, business is booming.