TOPIC: Stem cells are programmed to grow cartilage inside the body TESA: Technology/Entrepreneurship/Society/Arts
Researchers at Duke University have developed a way of incorporating viruses used to deliver gene therapy to the stem cells into a synthetic material that serves as a template for tissue growth. and quality.
The possibility of growing musculoskeletal tissues inside the human body – and more cheaply than can be envisaged outside of the body – tantalises the imagination with possibilities of lives being extended in both quantity and quality.
Other implications include strengthening healthy muscles and bones for sports and security purposes. If the technology becomes mobile, it could be seen as a way of counteracting the affects of longterm space travel, allowing Humans to journey through the time and radiation barriers presently faced.
“The resulting material is like a computer—the scaffold provides the hardware and the virus provides the software that programs the stem cells to produce the desired tissue.” (Futurity)
“While this study focuses on cartilage regeneration, [Farshid]Guilak and [Charles] Gersbach say that the technique could be applied to many kinds of tissues, especially orthopedic tissues such as tendons, ligaments and bones. And because the platform comes ready to use with any stem cell, it presents an important step toward commercialisation.” (Futurity)
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Original article: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/02/13/1321744111.abstract
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