Stem Cell Culturing
Stem cells are very important for repairing damaged tissues and organs. Because stem cells can grow into any type of cell in vivo. Scientists believe that they have the key to breakthrough new therapies. In order to further research, scientists at the University of Victoria have found a three-dimensional method of culturing stem cells, which is a landmark for the development of regenerative medicine.
"Although stem cells in the body grow and divide in a 3D environment, especially when they differentiate into all the different types of cells in the body," said the author, Dr. Stephanie-Willerth, "a lot of research work is still being done in a 2D environment.
Essentially, because the body is three-dimensional, it makes sense that stem cells can best perform their repair function in a 3D environment. Culturing and growing 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’s repair of the spinal cord, she believes that culturing stem cells in three-dimensional environments is equally important for researchers in other fields. So she published the technology in Journal of Visualized Experiments.
Meghan Berryman, deputy editor of Journal of Visualized Experiments, said: "With the rapid development of stem cell research, it is absolutely necessary to create a culture system that can more accurately simulate the growth of cells in the natural state."
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