Milestone in Stem Cell Research: European Researchers grow Millimeter-Long Muscle Fibers!

14/08/2015 - 2 minutes

Stem cell research grows and grows in Europe! For the first time ever, researchers succeded to effectively grow a large number of muscle cells derived from pluripotent stem cells!

Researchers from six European countries are participating in the PluriMes project to give a cutting edge to the European stem cell research. Launched in February 2014, the €6M program aims at finding an effective and accurate way to grow bone, muscle and cartilage cells from pluripotent stem cells. The latter holds a great promise to enable the replacement of lost or damaged tissue. As published in Nature Biotechnology, the PluriMes project reported a major breakthrough: Millimeter-long muscle fibers were created from the pluripotent stem cells and were able to contract and divide en masse!

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The production of muscle tissue in the lab can be a valuable tool.  With this tissue, diseases could be studied and new treatments tested. A future goal is to make the manufactured muscle fibers accessible to treat degenerative diseases like muscular dystrophy.

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