Go forth and multiply — and regenerate

Posted: October 1, 2012 at 3:10 am

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Professor Nadia Rosenthal discusses regeneration in The Zone.

[WHO] Professor Nadia Rosenthal, founding director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute [WHAT] A revolutionary way to treat disease and offset the inevitable decline of our bodies [HOW] Globally groundbreaking research into ageing

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ALBERT EINSTEIN

I PREFER the latter, and find one of the most miraculous and thrilling things is the pace of change. We are living at a time of unprecedented global acceleration of knowledge. Technology is facilitating the spread of ideas and there is a self-perpetuating explosion of creativity that holds the promise of solving some of humanity's most profound problems.

Nadia Rosenthal. Photo: Simon Schluter

The smartphones billions of us carry and take for granted contain more computing power than was imaginable only a generation ago and deliver instant access to a stupendous wealth of information.


Advances in medical research appear to be mirroring the exponential progress in computing and are, of course, leveraged by it. Today's guest in The Zone is at the forefront of one of the most exciting and potentially beneficial emerging fields of science - regenerative medicine. This is defined as ''the process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function.'' Another way of putting it is that the fountain of youth is moving from the realm of science fiction to potential reality.

Professor Nadia Rosenthal is a global leader in what she describes as a revolution being fuelled by the unravelling of the human genome - the molecular genetic blueprint for all life.

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Go forth and multiply — and regenerate

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