We can now reprogram your skin cells to actually act like a Pluripotent Embryonic Stem Cell and utilize those potentially to treat multiple organs in that same patient, making your own personalized stem cell lines.
I think they will be a new era of your stem cell banking to have in the freezer your own cardiac cells, myocytes and neural cells to use them in the future should you need them. I would argue in the future we will have wearable devices in our clothes monitoring our cells 24/7 and just like we have the On-Star system in cars; your red light might go on.
It won’t say, “Check engine” light. It’s going to be “Check your body” light, and go in and get it taken care of. Probably in a few years, you’ll check into your mirror, and it’s going to be diagnosing you.
By taking ownership of your data just like we have done, just by taking these daily measurements about yourself, you become the expert on your body. You became the authority. It is not hard to do. You don’t have to have a Ph.D. in statistics to be an expert in yourself. You don’t have to have a medical degree to be your body’s expert. Medical doctors, they are experts on the population, but you are the expert on yourself.
Well, what if you had a detector that was so small that it could circulate in your body, find the tumor all by itself, and send a signal to the outside world? It sounds a little bit like science fiction, but actually, nanotechnology allows us to just that.
Nanotechnology allows us to shrink the parts that make up the detector from the width of a human hair, which is 100 microns to a thousand times smaller, which is 100 nanometers, and that has profound implications.