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New stem cell method makes functioning liver cells

2011-10-13 10:04 

(Reuters) - British scientists have developed a new stem cell technique for growing working liver cells which could eventually avoid the need for costly and risky liver transplants. A team of researchers led by the Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge used cutting-edge methods to correct a genetic mutation in stem cells derived from a patient's skin biopsy, and then grew them into fresh liver cells. By putting the new liver cells into mice, they showed they were fully functioning. "We have developed new systems to target genes and ... correct ... defects in patient cells," said Allan Bradley, director of the Sanger Institute.

By Kate Kelland
LONDON | Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:57pm EDT 



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