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August 2016

Howard Green and the Accidental Birth of the Stem Cell Era

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 3Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(8):912. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.5980

Dr Howard Green was a professor of cell biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1970 to 1980 before continuing at Harvard Medical School until 2013. He died on October 31, 2015.1 It was his accidental laboratory finding that led to the first therapeutic use of a cell-based therapy for skin regeneration, giving birth to an era of stem cell therapies in wound and disease healing.2