The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the creation of the
Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). According
to the DoD, AFIRM will “harness stem cell research and
technology to reconstruct new skin, muscles, and tendons, and
even ears, noses, and fingers.” The government is budgeting $250
million in public and private money for the project’s first five
years, wrote Slate’s William Saletan.