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Liver Cells From Skin? Sign Me Up

By / 09.01.10

Up till now, liver cells couldn’t be grown in a lab, so researching liver diseases was difficult.  Get ready to have your game changed, ’cause Tamir Rashid and his team at the University of Cambridge have created liver cells from skin samples.  They made healthy cells from healthy donors and diseased cells from seven donors with at least one of three genetic liver disorders.

The three disorders they isolated were chosen based on their dissimilarity to each other, so research using these made-to-order tissue samples can cover a large range of pathological mechanisms related to several diseases.  But more importantly to my selfish ass, they made healthy liver cells.  In your face, everyone who thought I’d die of liver failure someday.  Who’s laughing uncomfortably loud now?

[Gizmag]


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