We might not be able to change our body in the same way as in video games, such as BioShock – but gene therapy is already used to fight various diseases, such as leukemia. This works by replacing a missing or broken gene by a living one – and therefore fixing tat strand of DNA.
You’ve probably already seen people pouring ice water over their heads during the past months as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge.
Is personalized medicine for individual bodies in our future? Craig A. Kohn describes the role of these incredible, transforming cells and how scientists are harnessing their medical potential. Lesson by Craig A. Kohn, animation by Qa’ed Mai. Via TED-Ed. View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-are-stem-cells-craig-a-kohn