A recent study conducted by Glasgow and Southhampton universities has indicated that the plastic we all know and really don’t love has now become associated with the growth of adult stem cells. The new “nano-patterned” plastic surface is revolutionary, created by a manufacturing process that is similar to one that makes Blu-ray discs.
According to participating scientists, this study marks a major breakthrough in stem cell production, as conventional surfaces are very limited when it comes to growing large amounts of cells and retaining their most important characteristics.
What makes this new surface so successful is the fact that it is covered with tiny pits, which allow for more effective growth and infusion into useful cells for therapy. Stem cell culturing on standard plastic tissue culture surfaces has been impeded up until now because the surface does not expand to create new cells and instead creates other cells, which aren’t adaptable to stem cell research.
The process of harvesting adult stem cells from a patient involves laboratory culturation, which increases the quantities of cells and allows for the creation of enough of them to impel cellular regeneration. It is hoped that this new process will lead to the development of stem cell therapies for re-growing bone and tissue, and also for conditions such as arthritis.
This new study is very exciting because of its potential for future stem cell interventions. Tomorrow’s world may well be a better one thanks to stem cell research on a global scale and this European study in particular.
Check out this video explaining the latest progress in stem cell research.