“Ninety percent of the patients on the transplant list are actually waiting for a kidney. Patients are dying every day because we don’t have enough of those organs to go around,” explained Anthony Atala, a leading stem cell researcher from Wake Forest during a TED talk. Given this acute need for organs, researchers around the world are racing to develop techniques to grow organs and tissue with stem cells.
Most organs are grown using scaffolds, as demonstrated in the trachea transplants we reported on in an earlier blog post: Stem Cell Derived Organ Transplantations Advance. In another approach, currently being investigated for organs such as livers and kidneys, portions of the organ are utilized and undergo a digestion process to eliminate the remnants of the donor’s cells and leaving only the inorganic connective tissue and outlines of blood vessels – thereby creating a viable substructure. The substructure is then saturated with autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells and placed in a bioreactor where the cells are nurtured and differentiated into the right kind of cell type with appropriate vascularization. Once the organ has been created, it is ready for transplantation into the recipient. Since the recipients own stem cells were used to grow the organ/tissue, it is a prefect match of the patient and the possibility of rejection is eliminated as as well as the need for immune suppression drugs.
As demonstrated by the advances researchers are developing, autologous stem cells are crucial to the process, which is emerging as the gold standard for growing organs and tissue for transplantation. Banking your own stem cells today will insure access to developing regenerative therapies to treat a wide array of disease, trauma and injury. To learn how to bank your own valuable stem cells as insurance for your future, visit www.stemsave.com or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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