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Success of Lab-Grown Colons Could Transform Future Crohn's and Colitis Research

Success of Lab-Grown Colons Could Transform Future Crohn's and Colitis Research

Success of Lab-Grown Colons Could Transform Future Crohn's and Colitis Research

A group of scientists have successfully taken human pluripotent stem cells and generated human embryonic colons. The human embryonic colons were generated in a laboratory and are thought to have functioned very similarly to natural human tissues when scientists transplanted them into laboratory mice. The researchers who led this study believe it to be the first time that scientists have successfully tissue engineered human colon organoids in this way.

The researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center published the research results in the medical journal, Cell Stem Cell, on June 22, 2017.