Prostate Tissue Grown From Adult Stem Cell By Scientists

October 23, 2008

Researchers from Genentech have confirmed that they have been able to grow a prostate from a single adult stem cell..............Washington (ChattahBox) – Researchers from Genentech have confirmed that they have been able to grow a prostate from a single adult stem cell.

Researchers, led by Wei-Qiang Gao at Genentech Inc. discovered that they could use a single stem cell from an adult to grow a prostate.

This is big news as it could lead to a new way to treat prostate cancer and other diseases.

This builds on past research which has shown that a single stem cell can be used to grow a full organ in the form of tissue regrowth, or repair.

Researchers tested this out on mice by taking a single adult stem cell from the prostate and putting it in a gel.

They were then able to use this stem cell to grow functional prostate tissue.

The study was published in the journal Nature.


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