Dr. Allevable and Regenerobot invite you into their laboratory as they investigate the new and exciting field of regenerative medicine!
The human body is vulnerable to injuries—bone breaks, skin burns, and heart attacks , and regenerative medicine can help us heal faster by enhancing the ways that the body heals itself. Show full synopsis +
Dr. Allevable takes you along on a tour of the bone and points out how old bone cells are constantly being replaced by new bone cells, a process that is called remodeling. These new cells are adult stem cells and they come from the bone marrow. Medical doctors study the process of regeneration to develop new methods to help the bone heal faster and stronger.
Dr. Allevable also talks about the heart and how this tissue is not as good at healing itself. The heart is the strongest muscle in the body and it circulates blood, which carries oxygen and important nutrients, to all the different parts of the body – including all the cells in the heart itself! Cholesterol can be harmful because it can block blood vessels. If heart cells don't get the oxygen and nutrients they need, they will die and interrupt the rhythmic beating of the heart – causing a heart attack. Doctors are studying ways to help the heart heal itself with adult stem cells and scaffolds.
Dr. Allevable's Unbelievable Laboratory: Bone and Cardiac Modules (trailer)
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|Ages||Middle School and up|
|Key topics||bone, bone marrow, anatomy of the heart, stem cells, tissue engineering, scaffold, regenerative medicine|
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