WisBusiness: Researchers developing specialized muscle cells from stem cells

WisBusiness: Researchers developing specialized muscle cells from stem cells

Scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison are getting closer to being able to create an artery bank, which would serve the same role as blood banks.

In a recently published scientific paper, the Thomson Lab — led by renowned biologist Jamie Thomson — spotlighted a new method for growing smooth muscle cells from stem cells that presents fewer complications than other methods.

Thomson made history when he isolated the first human embryonic stem cell in 1998. Now, more than two decades later, researchers in his lab are relying on stem cells as they work toward creating transplantable arteries.

According to Thomson, the researchers in his lab decided to focus on blood vessels, because cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death worldwide. It’s also the top cause of death in Wisconsin, a recent state report shows.

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