It’s been more than 20 years since researchers extracted the first stem cells from embryonic tissues. It was hailed as one of the most significant advancements in medical science in decades. That’s because stem cells may be the key to unlocking cures for some of humanity’s oldest and most intractable diseases, from leukemia and Parkinson’s disease to Alzheimer’s, strokes and forms of cancer. According to futurist and tech entrepreneur Jason Hope, stem cells may even hold the key to unlocking the secret of aging — as in stopping or reversing the aging process itself. Stem cells hold the potential to do all this because they are the fundamental “parent cells” from which new cells can be grown. 


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For example, Jason Hope explains, in people suffering from bone cancer, stem cells can be implanted within bone marrow tissue where they generate new healthy bone marrow. Stem cell transplants are already saving hundreds of lives per year. Studies show that survival rates for people afflicted with myeloid leukemias improve survival rates by 85% to 94%, according to Science Daily. That’s why Jason Hope has focused a portion of his philanthropic efforts on supporting stem cell research. He has funded work being conducted by a number of groups, including the SENS Research Foundation located in Mountain View, California. 


Founded in 2009, SENS is striving to develop, promote and improve access to anti-aging therapies and other treatments to prevent disabilities. Jason Hope cautions that much work still needs to be done. While the breakthrough medical technology of stem cell application is a historic leap forward, numerous challenges remain to develop this field into a full-fledged science with practical applications. As a futurist and long-time champion of technological development, Jason Hope is encouraged by the progress being made year to year. He believes organizations like SENS and others are on the cusp of ushering in an all-new era of medical treatment.

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