“I want a human body” was the mantra of Dr. John A. Rehwinkel, an early pioneer of stem cell research and founder of the University of Michigan Medical School in the 1950s.
The philosophy was so revolutionary that in the 1960s it was adopted as a mantra for the advancement of human cloning, a field whose origins go back to the 1940s when a British scientist, John Watson, first created the first synthetic human cell.
Dr. Rehm, who died Monday at the age of 96, was also known for pioneering the work of other scientists in the field of stem cells.
Born in Germany in 1884, Dr. Henry Rehm was one of the most prolific and innovative scientists in his field of medical genetics.
His breakthrough discovery was the creation of the human epidermis stem cell, a cell that can turn into a variety of different tissues and organs.
“It was a breakthrough in medicine and it was a revolution in biology,” said Dr. Daniel E. Zylbergh, a professor at Harvard Medical School and one of Drs.
Rehn’s fellow researchers who was not involved in the research.
“His work has influenced a whole generation of scientists.”
Dr. Zullbergh recalled Dr. Reinhardt Rehm’s “unwavering commitment to his research.”
Drs Rehn and Rehwald made their breakthroughs at the University’s medical school and were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962.
They later became colleagues, but Dr. David Rehm remained a researcher.
“He was very much in touch with the research community and he knew all about the field,” said David Rehstein, Drs’ grandson and a medical geneticist at Johns Hopkins University.
“We’re very proud of him.”
Dr Rehalds research into stem cells has been influential in many areas of science, including in the development of new treatments for cancer and stem cell therapies for neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.
“There’s a lot of research going on in stem cell biology today that has implications for everything from cancer treatments to Alzheimer’s and stroke research,” Dr. E. Michael Krieger, who was the chief of stem-cell biology at the time of Dr Rehm and his team’s discovery, told The Associated Press.
“They were absolutely instrumental in helping to develop this whole field.”
The Rehm-Rehwald discovery had some critics.
Drs Reinhardt and Rehm had published in Nature and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and both had been funded by a National Institutes of Health grant.
Some scientists said Dr Rehr was a flawed scientist, particularly given the large number of people who had died from the disease of Alzheimer’s in recent years.
“Rehn was not an expert in stem cells and the data he collected was of questionable quality,” said Mark E. Sanger, who chaired the National Academy of Sciences panel that reviewed the research and found the research questionable.
Dr Rehn said he never felt that he was a fraud, and he said he was “deeply sorry for the negative publicity.”
“My work in stem-cells was all done by accident,” he told the AP.
“I had a lot to do with it.
I did nothing wrong.
The people who died were not me.
I was an unfortunate accident.”
Dr Reinhardt died Monday of complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his grandson, Dr Michael Reh.
“My father is in the hospital, but he is not in pain,” Dr Rehl said.
“Our family will always love him.”
“I am a very proud scientist” said Dr Reinhwald.
“To say I was a genius is not the case.”
Dr Heinrich Heinrich Rehmann, the man Dr Reinhard created the human stem cell from, was born on April 1, 1865 in Germany and died in Stuttgart, Germany, on Monday.
Dr Reinhart, who lived in St. Louis, was the son of a German immigrant who was brought to the United States in 1866 as a boy.
Dr Heinholts grandfather, Heinrich Reinhart von Rehm died in 1891 and his mother died in 1919.
Dr Richard Rehfeldt, a fellow U.S. scientist and the father of Dr Reinholts granddaughter, said that Dr Reinhold was a “great scientist” who was “a real inspiration” to his younger brother and the family.
Dr H. Eisengruber, who has been studying the genetics of the disease, called Dr Reinfeldt “a genius.”
“We have no doubt that Dr ReHaldt was an extraordinary person,” Dr Hirsch said.
Dr John A Rehhardt, a German physician who was a pioneer in stem science, died in New York on Monday at age 95.
He was born in Stettin, Germany in 1840.
Dr A Rehm worked in Germany during the war years