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Seaweed-Based Gel Yields Stem Cell Bandages

Posted by maxi@stemsave.com on Feb 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

A group of researchers from Newcastle University discovered a novel way to preserve and prolong lifespans of mesenchymal stem cells. Although substantial research documents the multipurpose efficacy of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in wound healing, its adoption into mainstream healthcare has been challenging. Traditionally, adipose stem cells extracted from patients have to be handled in specialized conditions as they do not survive well outside the body. The Newcastle researchers encapsulated the stem cells in an alginate gel, prolonging the cells’ lives for up to three days in ambient temperatures and conditions. This protocol may offer a simple solution to the quagmire of transporting adipose cell cultures for treatment options.

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Topics: stemsaveblog, stem cell therapy, mesenchymal stem cells, regenerative medicine, alginate, bandage

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