Whole, Functional Organ Grown from Scratch


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The BBC reports that although we are "years away from human therapies," the first, fully-functional organ, was grown entirely from scratch by scientists at the Medical Research Council centre for regenerative medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

[Scientists] started with cells from a mouse embryo.

These cells were genetically "reprogrammed" and started to transform into a type of cell found in the thymus.

These were mixed with other support-role cells and placed inside mice.

Once inside, the bunch of cells developed into a functional thymus.



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