Medicine’s next big thing

Gladstone

Scientists believe stem cells could hold the key to the treatment and cure of more than 70 major diseases and conditions. From broken hearts to severed spines to damaged brains, the hopes to heal them all could start from stem cells.   “We had a major breakthrough,” said Dr. Deepak Srivastava of the Gladstone Institute.  Researchers at the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco aren’t using embryonic stems cells, or even adult stem cells.  Their stem cells come from skin.  “It means in the future one might be able to create new heart cells, new lung cells, new spinal cord cells, starting with your own cells from your skin,” said Dr. Srivastava.  They’ve already been able to…