Chinese Scientists Derive Pluripotent Stem Cells From Pigs

June 3, 2009 by


More great news from the world of stem cell research as now it is being reported that Chinese scientists have found a way to create them from pigs.

Scientists used a pig for their research, because funnily enough they have a lot of close similarities to the human in many physical ways.

Stem cells are viewed by many as the next big thing when it comes to developing treatments for previously uncurable diseases, as they can be morphed into different types of tissue.

They have been already successfully used to regenerate spinal nerves, and to treat certain types of eye conditions.

In this latest breakthrough, scientists lead by Lei Xiao, of the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, managed to extract stem cells from a pig’s ear and turn them into pluripotent stem cells.

“We could use embryonic stem cells or induced stem cells to modify the immune-related genes in the pig to make the pig organ compatible to the human immune system,” said Xiao.

“Then we could use these pigs as organ donors to provide organs for patients that won?t trigger an adverse reaction from the patient?s own immune system.”

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