It’s true! Researchers at the University of Edinburgh announced that they had successfully developed in the lab a mature, fully functioning organ – a thymus – grown from cells harvested from a host creature. In this case, the animal was a mouse and the cells used to start the process were murine fibroblasts, a type of progenitor cell found in muscle tissues. Humans have them, too. Once the fibroblasts were isolated, scientists submitted them to specific growth factors which morphs the fibroblasts into T-cell producing thymus tissue.
While still in the animal model phase, researchers hope to translate this research to human models in the future.
Read more about the complex process at IFL Science.
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