h1

Tissue engineering: The brainmaker

August 28, 2012

With his knack for knowing what stem cells want, Yoshiki Sasai has grown an eye and parts of a brain in a dish.

In December 2010, Robin Ali became suddenly excited by the usually mundane task of reviewing a scientific paper. “I was running around my room, waving the manuscript,” he recalls. The paper described how a clump of embryonic stem cells had grown into a rounded goblet of retinal tissue. The structure, called an optic cup, forms the back of the eye in a growing embryo. But this one was in a dish, and videos accompanying the paper showed the structure slowly sprouting and blossoming. For Ali, an ophthalmologist at University College London who has devoted two decades to repairing vision, the implications were immediate. “It was clear to me it was a landmark paper,” he says. “He has transformed the field.”

Excerpt of an article written by David Cyranoski, at Nature. Continue HERE

2 comments

  1. Dammit, man, I’m still waiting for someone to use these stem cells to grow some hair. My retinas are fine, but I’ve got less hair every day while waiting for you guys. Sure. Grow a heart. Grown a spleen. Grow an entire person. Then grow me some hair already.


  2. Same hear! Teeth are already in process as well.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s