Larry H. Bernstein, MD, FCAP, Reporter and Curator
http://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2013-12-15/larryhbern/Stem cells at a closer view/
There are two bloggers who have brought a clear vision to the growing importance of Pleuripotential stem cell research, applications, and noted risks. They are M Buratov and David O’Connell.
I repost some work that needs more attention. The technology has improved, and there are a number of successful applications. The treatment of the cells, and the ability to put them on a stable and nontoxic resorbable matrix is a bioengineering advance.
Growing Skeletal Muscle in the Laboratory
Skeletal muscle – that type of voluntary muscle that allows movement – has proven difficult to grow in the laboratory. While particular cells can be differentiated into skeletal muscle cells, forming a coherent, structurally sound skeletal muscle is a tough nut to crack from a research perspective. Another problem dogging muscle research is the difficulty growing new…