Scientists use human stem cells to generate lung tissue

12/3/2013 | Voice of America

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have converted human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells, a step toward the possible future growth of tissue for transplant. Researchers found new factors that completed the process of turning stem cells into functional lung epithelial cells. The resultant cells produced surfactant, which is crucial to the repair of lung damage and maintenance of the alveoli, according to a study in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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