Taking Stem Cell Production to a Whole New Level

April 9, 2012 at 3:05 am Leave a comment

A post-doctoral researcher at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering has discovered a technique that will take stem cell production to a whole new level. David Fluri, a post-doc in Peter Zandstra‘s lab, published an article in Nature Methods describing a technique for growing stem cells in suspension. Until now, stem cells have been grow on adherent surfaces which has a limiting effect on the number of stem cells that can be produced. Fluri’s discovery will allow stem cells to be grown in a bioreactor, thereby enabling scientists to significantly upscale the amount of cells produced, allowing the process to become more compatible with commercial processes used in research and drug development.

For more information see Growing where no cell has grown before.

Reference:
Shafa, Mehdi. (2012-4-8) Derivation of iPSCs in stirred suspension bioreactors. Nature Methods. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.1973

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