Health, nutrition and environment
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The goal of regenerative medicine is to restore damaged organs to health. Cell and tissue therapy using autologous products, in which the patient’s own cells are used for the therapy, is one promising approach in this field. This method is well suited for degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s; for autoimmune diseases, such as Type 1 diabetes; or for tissue damage resulting for example from a heart attack. Tissue engineering is another method. Here, organs or organ segments are reconstructed using human cells specific to those organs.