Scientists at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre have induced adult stem cells to differentiate into small clusters of gastric tissue that replicate the functions of the human stomach. The lab-made structures, known as “mini-stomachs”, were created by replicating the chemical pathways of early stage stomach development of stem cells in a petri dish.
Although the mini-stomachs are virtually identical in structure to full-grown stomachs, and can even secret hormones to regulate digestive acid and enzymes, most of their utility lies in the opportunities they present for future research. As the first functional model of the human stomach, these clusters mark an important step in the study of stomach disease and a new understanding of stem cell differentiation that will inspire future breakthroughs in organ regeneration.
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