Research Team succeed in growing human stem cells outside of the body
The 2 fourth year medical student researchers, funded by LAPR&D, have studied what make the cells grow and what happens to the DNA/nucleus of the cell. They have conducted 97 experiments to date and have now progressed onto working with stem cells. They have confirmed that by adding an epidermal growth factor (EGF) and small protein (VIP, Vaso-Intestinal peptide) improves the survival rate of the liver cells and stem cells have been isolated. This is important as they are essential for the future production of the liver.
The results are to be published in Faculty of Medical Annual Conference and Hepatology (Journal of AASLD, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases)
Future plans are to study how to transform stem cells into a functioning liver; grow the liver as a 3D functioning organ where the cells aggregate together and stay together and to inject human stem cells into the liver of a live mouse to see if they survive/grow.
This is the end of the first year of LAPR&D research into stem cells. As a result of this tremendous progress we are extending our research programme funding for a further 2 years. If you wish to donate to ensure this research continues please visit the "Donate" section on our homepage