Tiny Human Liver Grown From Fetal Cells; Next Step, Animal Transplant
By Daniel J. DeNoon
Oct. 29, 2010 – For the first time, human cells have been used to create a lab-grown liver.
It’s a milestone on the way to creating a new source of livers for transplant, Wake Forest University (WFU) researchers say.
The organs are grown on “scaffolds” created from cadaver organs. By pumping a harsh detergent through the harvested organs, the researchers remove all cellular materials. What’s left behind is a collagen matrix that’s a perfect scaffold for a new organ.