Authors: 
W. Haseltine
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Invited
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Abstract: 

The human body is a self-assembling machine, comprised of trillions of tiny parts, that maintains itself in good working order for decades. Damage by disease, injury by trauma and wear by time degrades our body's function.

Regenerative medicine seeks to restore the body and all its components to full normal function using the minimal necessary perturbation. The use of organic human nanostructures, such as human genes and proteins, will comprise one branch of regenerative medicine. The other branches will include the use of more complex human components, cells, used either alone or in combination with nanoengineered structures to rebuild organs that have sustained significant damage inflicted by trauma or time. Use of information rich nanostructures, coupled to powerful information systems will be used to repair damage to the nervous system and to enhance its function.

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