This article first appeared in the Wall Street Journal on December 15, 2022
It took centuries for scientists to get a complete picture of the cell, the tiny units of life that make up every living thing. Flash forward, and doctors are increasingly working at the cellular level, transplanting or altering individual cells to find treatments for diseases like cancer and diabetes.
Siddhartha Mukherjee, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and cancer physician, believes this new understanding of cellular medicine could lead to medical breakthroughs—ways to repair our cells, or someday even enhance them. In his latest book, “The Song of the Cell,” Dr. Mukherjee also warns of ethical gray areas that could result from cellular medicine’s potential to augment human cells.