Scientists Develop Fully Beating Human Heart Using Stem Cell Technology
9Heart tissue research has been going for some years
Heart tissue has also been grown in the lab before. In 2015 researchers used stem cells from skin tissue and coaxed them to develop using a chemical layer laced with oxygen plasma. This helped the cells develop into different cardiac tissue cells in the same way it developed in the human body. In 20 days the cells formed microchambers that started beating slowly which was encouraging for scientists.
10It has also helped produce safer drugs for pregnant women
The scientists then also dosed some of these cells with thalidomide which is a drug to affect the heart development in fetuses. The microchambers then ceased to function properly. This is also a positive thing because now researchers can test various chemicals and drugs ion heart tissue in the lab to see their effects of fetus hearts. This results in producing safe drugs for women who are pregnant.
11Not quite but almost within reach off their goals
The new technology of stem cells to grow a human heart is the closes that researchers have come to their goals of creating a fully grown heart. They acknowledge that the technology still needs to advance and a new heart though on the cards is still beyond the present tech.
12Billions of dollars required but a clear target insight to create a fully grown heart
What the scientists will endeavor to do is to improve the yield of pluripotent stem cells and find a method to quicken the process of cells maturing to perfect the conditions that match the human body where development of the heart is concerned. Moreover, it will also require huge funding as a fully grown heart will take billions of dollars. However, the target is to create full-sized hearts that will eliminate the situation where transplanted hearts are rejected and that side effect will cease to exist.