Scientists and researchers are working relentlessly come up with ways through which life can be created in the laboratory. Unique and innovative techniques like cloning and cell regeneration or multiplication are being researched to find concrete results. This experimentation is not an easy one and requires decades and more to reach some reliable ways and conclusions.
A recent breakthrough in this arena has opened new possibilities of discoveries and unexplored areas. This new study has delineated a thorough method to transform stem cells into a mouse embryo with a beating heart, muscles, and circulatory system.
This discovery was made by the efforts of researchers and scientists in the University of Virginia School of Medicine in the Thisse Lab. Christine Thisse stated that it was a long and intensive process that led her team to reach at the moment they are standing now. Manipulating multiple kind of cells and controlling their growth in certain structures and direction was a challenging task for them. They had to undergo several trials and tests. The beginning of their experiment was based on the recreation of a simpler zebrafish. This breakthrough is their first complex mammalian experiment that turned out to be successful.
There is still a long way before a fully developed embryo of the mouse is developed. Scientists say that they are facing complications in the entire development of the brain. In a few years, they are hopeful to overcome this shortcoming as well. Once successful, this will lead to the generation of human organs in the labs which will make these organs readily available for transplants rather than waiting for years in long queues of finding a donor for a surgery. The study shows further promise and paves way for the development of new avenues in medicine. The report was published in Nature Communications.