BBC News has reported that a 10-year-old girl has had a major blood vessel in her body replaced with one grown with her own stem cells according to Swedish doctors
A team led by Professor Suchitra Sumitran-Holdgersson of the University of Gothenburg successfully transplanted a vein made from a 10-year-old girl’s own stem cells into her body. It is the first time such an operation has been reported and marks an important step in the practical ability of doctors to use stem cells to grow replacement cells for damaged or diseased tissue.
Professors Martin Birchall and George Hamilton, from University College London, said: “The young girl was spared the trauma of having veins harvested from the deep neck or leg with the associated risk of lower limb disorders. Birchall and Hamilton also said the procedure may get cheaper as medical companies start producing protein scaffolds from human and animal sources more efficiently. They concluded that Prof Sumitran-Holdgersson’s work was promising, but it needed to be properly tested in full clinical trials if such regenerative medicine treatments were to become widely used and accepted.