Renewing adult stem cells – what a sweet new idea!!
A new technique derived from transforming aged stem cells into cells that function like young stem cells, is one of the many new discoveries that has the potential to eliminate the threat of rejection within the host patient. “We can create much better tissues which can then be used to repair defects such as aneurysms, as well as repairing damage caused by heart attacks.” This new technique has the potential to use donated patient’s cells, no matter how old, for repairing cardiac tissue, with the benefit of non-rejection.
Stem cell therapies involving donated bone marrow stem cells run the risk of patient rejection in a portion of the population, argues Milica Radisic, Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.
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