A study in the journal Applied Materials & Interfaces details a new method for the cultivation of human stem cells without the use of human cells or animal proteins. Researchers created a scaffold of carbon nanotubes that mimics the surface of the body's support cells to foster stem cell growth in the laboratory. The discovery "could lead to cheaper transplant treatments and could potentially one day allow us to produce whole human organs without the need for donors," lead investigator Alan Dalton said.
Research team uses carbon nanotubes to grow embryonic stem cells
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