|Manu||Date: Thursday, 04-July-2013, 8:23 PM | Message # 1|
Japanese scientists use stem cells to grow a tiny human liver on a mouse. The development could be a giant leap forward for the field of human regenerative medicine. The team grew a tiny human liver, only 5mm long, from reprogrammed human skin cells, which were implanted into the head of a mouse.
However, there is still a long way to go before their research translates into a fully functional human liver.
Among other issues, they now need to find ways to scale up its size.
But the researchers say they are confident they will succeed and hope that ten years from now, scientist will be able to use a patient's own cells to grow a new liver. Report by Mark Morris.