A new stem cell technique shows potential to aid a range of patients – including people with inherited metabolic liver problems, type 1 diabetes, as well as patients needing a liver or pancreas transplantation.
Novel stem cell technique may transform liver and pancreatic transplant therapies
By Loren Grush
Published October 10, 2013
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a new technique for creating stem cells of the human liver and pancreas – a breakthrough that could significantly transform the future of transplant therapies.
The novel method involves altering the signal pathways of cells specific to the human foregut – the upper portion of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Through this manipulation, researchers were able to stop the cells from developing fully and push them into a state of constant self-renewal.
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