Published On: Mon, Jun 11th, 2012

Yokohama City University researchers create liver from stem cells

The team of Japanese scientists transplanted stem cells into a mouse where it grew into a small, but working, human liver, raising hopes for the manufacture of artificial organs for those in need of transplants.

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According to a Times of India report Saturday, a team led by Professor Hideki Taniguchi at Yokohama City University transplanted induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Unlike stemcells which are frequently harvested from embryos, iPS cells – which have the potential to develop into any body tissue – can be taken from adults.

The report says the cells grew into a human liver 5 millimetres in size that was capable of generating human proteins and breaking down drugs.

This is a huge advancement where doctors and patients face a constant shortage of available organs for transplant.

iPS cells were discovered in 2006 by two separate research teams in Japan and the US.

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