Researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre have successfully grown functional human intestinal tissues by utilizing stem cells. After stimulating the stem cells with a “molecular cocktail” of chemicals and growth factors, the team observed as the cells developed into the mucosal lining and muscle layers, while exhibiting digestive functions such as nutrient uptake and responding to molecular signals.
In time, the lab-grown organoids could serve as critical tools in the study of gastrointestinal diseases and the research of upcoming therapies, replacing much of the animal testing stage with direct testing of human tissue. But in the more distant future, patients could one day receive transplants of healthy intestinal tissue grown from their own stem cells, treating many of the diseases and conditions that cause intestinal failure.
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