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Experimental Man

Growing Heart Cells Just for You

  • September/October 2011
  • By David Ewing Duncan

What can heart cells generated from my blood tell me about my risk for disease—and about what drugs I should take if I get sick?

The People


How Scientists Make Heart Cells

The Tools


Visiting Wisconsin to See My Heart

The Blog


My Genome Via E-mail


The Great Bio-Divide

At TEDMED - the gap is yawning between hopes and visions and reality in biomedicine


George Church on the Future of Stem Cells

Q&A with the Harvard geneticist.


Stem-Cell Engineering Offers a Lifeline to Endangered Species

A technology used to develop new medical treatments might one day revive endangered or extinct species.


Experimental Man Redux

The experiments continue in one man's quest to test drive the latest in high tech medicine.


The Science of IPS Cells

  • 08.23.2011

Biologist James Thompson and others discuss the discovery of IPS cells: the science and the potential for research and personalized medicine.


Stem Cells and Entrepreneurs

  • 08.23.2011

How Cellular Dynamics International is commercializing the new technology of induced pluripotent stem cells.


Avatar Tech Helps Doctors Test for ADHD

  • By David Ewing Duncan
  • 05.31.2011

Reflectors attached to my head and ankles--like those used in James Cameron's Avatar--measure my distractibility.


Linking Environmental Chemicals to Disease

Stanford researchers use a novel approach to link pesticides and an ingredient in vitamin E to diabetes.


Company will reverse-engineer my cells

  • By David Ewing Duncan
  • 01.25.2010

CDI has offered to bioengineer cells from my blood to create heart cells.


More experimental man in 2010

  • By David Ewing Duncan
  • 01.04.2010

This is the year we figure out what to do with all of the DNA being generated by faster, cheaper sequencing technologies - and more

Hosted by David Ewing Duncan

San Francisco-
based journalist and author

This section explores new tools and technologies in personalized medicine, and one man's quest to use these to test his genes, brain, and body for customized health care.

Read the feature Growing Heart Cells Just for You