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University of Edinburgh study paves way for stem cell library » The Journal

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on October 29, 2009 at 2:15 am

University of Edinburgh study paves way for stem cell library

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Research could revolutionise the development of drugs to treat diseases and pave way for the creation of a library of liver cells

by Chris Grainger –  Wednesday 28 October 2009, The Journal Issue 26

Scientists have, for the first time, produced liver cells from adult stem cells using technology called iPSC, or induced pluripotent stem cell.

Using either embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cells, the Gamm lab created aggregates of early retinal cells (green spheres). The blue spheres are early brain cells. Photo: Special arrangement - University of Wisconsin

Using induced pluripotent stem cells, aggregates of early retinal cells (green spheres) are created. The blue spheres are early brain cells. Photo: Special arrangement - University of Wisconsin

The liver cells were created by manipulating the skin cells to resemble embryonic stem cells, which have the ability to become different cells within the body.

The study, led by the University of Edinburgh’s Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine, makes possible the creation of a liver cell library, which could revolutionise the development of drugs, making them more efficient and safe.

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