Best of 2015

Working with Stem Cells isn’t easy: when isolated, 99 percent of stem cells die, making it extremely difficult to either tinker with them, or even create more of them.  However, by altering the medium in which Stem Cells grow, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies created a new type of Stem Cell with a higher survival rate of 30 to 40 percent.

These cells are easier to culture and, when they have genetic defects, are easier to repair.

READ MORE //  Live Mice Grown From Skin Cells

rsPCSs

The Human versions of these cells, poetically called Region-Selective Pluripotent Stem Cells, or rsPScs for short(er), can even grow inside of mice hosts,

something normal human stem cells can’t do.

“It offers the first proof of concept that it’s possible to incorporate human cells efficiently into another species”

– Jun Wu, Research Associate, Salk Institute

This work also hints at the possibility of growing human organs inside pigs – such as a pancreas – and the transplant them into diabetic patients.  The study was published in the May edition of Nature.

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