The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) scientific series, Stem Cells and Global Sustainability, is open to the public this week in honor of Earth Day. Animal agriculture, a main contributor to global deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, is estimated to be the second largest cause of human-made global warming. Global warming is one of the most significant threats to biodiversity on the planet. Stem cell research and its application has the potential to remedy these problems.
While still in its early stages, the manufacturing of animal meat products in the lab may hold significant potential to reduce humanity's reliance on climate-altering animal farming, enable cheaper access to protein sources, and curtail climate change fall out and climate change itself.
Yet another unforeseen application of stem cells is their potential use in the conservation of endangered species. From frozen zoos of endangered species to reproduction-related technological advances, stem cell-related applications can be harnessed to help conserve biodiversity on Earth.
The series is sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund, BioLamina, NH Foods, and Olympus.
About the International Society for Stem Cell Research
With nearly 4,000 members from more than 65 countries, the International Society for Stem Cell Research is the preeminent global, cross-disciplinary, science-based organization dedicated to stem cell research and its translation to the clinic. The ISSCR mission is to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. Additional information about stem cell science is available at A Closer Look at Stem Cells, an initiative of the Society to inform the public about stem cell research and its potential to improve human health.