Medical Revolution in a Petri Dish: Cultured Stemcells
New cell technology will help replace organ transplantation
Unique technique for producing unlimited amounts of stem cell
Bodies are comprised of tissues that age and wear out over time. New stem cells can repair this damage. The Hubrecht Institute, in the Netherlands, has developed a unique technique for producing unlimited amounts of stem cells, in a plastic dish, in the laboratory. This development is highly promising for a large number of diseases and age-related defects, as many different types of medications can be tested in the laboratory to find out which one will work most effectively for each individual patient. This new method enables medicines to be tested on patients’ cells prior to them receiving treatment. These ‘personalized’ medicines will greatly increase the chance of providing a working treatment at the first attempt.
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Enourmous impact on healthcare
The Hubrecht Institute aims to develop the stem cell culture technologies to a point where it will be able to replace conventional organ transplantation. In the short term, the Dutch researchers aim to improve the quality of care and treatment for patients with hereditary conditions and certain types of cancer and with over 100,000 new cancer patients each year, this has the potential to make an enormous impact on healthcare.