Researchers Create a Pituitary Gland from Scratch
If you’re not convinced that stem cells are the future of medicine, well you’re wrong: Japanese researchers have used them to synthesize a fully functioning organ entirely from scratch.
The study, published in this week’s Nature, moves the medical field even closer to being able to bioengineer complex organs for transplant in humans.
First, hey created a pituitary gland. Next, Sasai and his colleagues will attempt the experiment with human stem cells. Sasai suspects it will take them another three years to synthesize human pituitary tissue. Perfecting the transplantation methods in animals will likely take another few years.
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