Mouse's cardiac cells grown in lab

Posted: April 11, 2015 at 4:50 am

BENGALURU: The day may not be far when organs can be cultured in labs using stem cells. Making a headway in that direction are Indian Institute of Science scientists who have cultured the cardiac cells of a mouse using stem cells.

Stem cells are capable of turning into specific types of cells. "We researched on developing the cardiac cell of a mouse for over seven years. The challenge now is to study how stem cells can be used to produce different organs," said Polani B Seshagiri on the occasion of Stem Cell Awareness Day on Friday. The professor of IISc's department of molecular reproduction, development and genetics headed the study.

Polani who has been researching on stem cells for three decades, said these cells offer many advantages in curing human disorders which otherwise aren't curable using conventional medical approaches. "However, it's extremely important to be aware of their limitations too," he added.

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Mouse's cardiac cells grown in lab

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