Jeanne Loring, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine (Credit: Jamie Scott Lytle)

A stem cell pi­o­neer sent an ex­per­i­ment in­to space. Pa­tients are the next fron­tier

Last Ju­ly, Jeanne Lor­ing stood on a dirt road sur­round­ed by Flori­da swamp­land and watched as a near­by SpaceX rock­et blast­ed in­to the sky. The pay­load in­clud­ed a very per­son­al be­long­ing: cell clus­ters mim­ic­k­ing parts of her brain.

For more than two decades, Lor­ing has been at the fore­front of a stem cell field that al­ways seems on the brink of be­com­ing the next thing in med­i­cine, but has been slow to lift off.

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