JoVE:Stem cell “3D” technology

Stem cells are important for repairing damaged tissues and organs. Because stem cells can develop into any type of cell in the body, scientists believe they hold the key to groundbreaking new treatments. For further research, victory University scientists have discovered a way to grow stem cells in three dimensions, a milestone in the development of regenerative medicine.

"Although stem cells in the body grow and divide in 3D, especially when they differentiate into all the different types of cells in the body, Dr Stephanie Willerth, author of the study, said: "however, a large amount of work is still being done in a 2D environment."

In essence, it makes sense that stem cells work best in 3D because the body is three-dimensional. Culture and growth of these stem cells in three-dimensional conditions can better simulate the three-dimensional environment of stem cells in the body, which is conducive to better research by researchers.

Although Stephanie Willerth's lab focuses on stem cell repair of the spinal cord, But she believes that growing stem cells in three-dimensional environments is also important for researchers in other fields, so she published the technique in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Meghan Berryman, associate editor from Journal of Visualized Experiments, said: "because stem cell research is advancing rapidly, it is necessary to create a culture system that more accurately mimics the growth of cells in their natural state."
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