Grow a liver in the lab?

Amazing news out of the UK: scientists have succeeded in growing artificial liver tissue up to an inch in diameter, using stem cells from umbilical cord blood!  And, they see no real obstacle other than time to making a whole lot bigger livers, which could be used for a sort of “liver dialysis” or to supplement a person’s own liver function.


I’m stunned.  Now, let’s get the news out that non-embryonic stem cells are good for something!


(HT: Drudge)


3 Responses to “Grow a liver in the lab?”

  1. 1 Nik November 1, 2006 at 12:35 am

    Hey Ed,

    Seems to me that the news about non-embryonic cells has been out for a while — people just don’t pay it as much attention. (Doesn’t get the blood stirring, I suppose?)

    Happy Halloween,

  2. 2 Argent November 3, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    Just think, had this been from embryonic stem cells imagine the wall-to-wall 24/7 coverage on ABCCBSNBCCNN.

  3. 3 Edmund C. November 4, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    Hey N, yeah, news about the potential for non-embryonic cell therapies has been out for a long time, but I think this is the first time that it’s been so successful with livers. There is some evidence out there from one patient (an experimental surgery) that neural stem cells can be used to treat Parkinson’s, for example.

    Argent, you’re absolutely right. I think there’s something simply deranged about our culture’s obsession with embryonic stem cells…

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