New stem cell ‘food’ pioneered

The following is an edited excerpt.

Revolutionary as they may be, stem cells cannot escape the need for food. And until now, that food has represented a costly part of developing stem cells.

But that is about to change. The East Greenbush-based Neural Stem Cell Institute has developed a new substance that will substantially lower development costs.

“Stem cells are unstable,” as Christopher Fasano, the Institute’s director of research and development, says. He explains that they need a constant supply of food and a substance called a “growth factor,” or they start developing into different types of body tissues on their own, and cease being useful to researchers.

Read the full article here: New stem cell ‘food’ pioneered

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