Culturing technique for human stem cells

Hubrecht Institute, UMC Utrecht

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Researchers at the Hubrecht Institute and the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht have found a way to multiply human tissue under laboratory conditions. They accomplished this by developing a culturing technique for human liver and pancreatic stem cells. Tissue comparable to the volume and weight of a full-grown human liver can be grown over a period of four months, without genetic mutations. With this technique, individual patients' tissue can be cultured and the efficacy of various cancer drugs can be tested before patients receive the actual treatment. This could make highly individualised treatment possible, which could improve treatment benefit for patients.

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Sector - Health
Location Utrecht
Year 2009
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