Sunday, November 26, 2017

Transgenic skin received by Syrian refugee

A Syrian boy with a rare genetic disease has received an almost entirely new epidermal layer of skin from his own stem cells. This boy has a disease called Junctional epidermolysis bullosa  and has a mutated gene causing the basement membrane of the containing laminin 332 does not develop properly. so a group of scientists and pediatricians created Karatinocyte cultures from the boys stem cells , they used invivo and invitrio renewment of human epidermal cells, the boy will still have to live with the disease for the rest of his life and may also have issues with other systems in his body this disease is also known to affect the mucosa. besides the amazing accomplishment that this undergoing was, researchers were also able to end  a long standing discussion whether the epidermis was regenerated by many equally powerful progenitor cells or a fewer number of individual stem cells. The later of the two is true according to the researcher.

I believe any advancement in stem cell research is a good thing , the more we as a society can create new cells from a persons original cells is amazing and could help such a young child have anew lease on life from the cultivation of his own stem cells is remarkable.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to hear that the boy received new skin but would be happier if they could find a way to keep him healthy by preventing the disease from affecting different areas in his body.This was definitely one step in the right direction, though!