Stem cell find a boost to fighting incurable illness
Scientists have uncovered a new method for culturing adult stem cells which could help in developing therapy for conditions like arthritis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
A plastic surface, developed and fabricated at the University of Glasgow, is designed to offer a method of stem cell expansion.
Created by an injection-moulding process similar to the method used to produce Blu-ray discs, the surface is covered with 120-nanometre pits (a nanometre is a billionth of a metre).
Currently, adult stem cells are cultured in the lab to increase the initial yield of cells and create a batch big enough to kick-start the process of cellular regeneration.
Dr Matthew Dalby, from the University of Glasgow, said: "Our technology could be the first step on the road to developing large-scale stem cell culture factories which would allow for the creation of a wide range of therapies for many common diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease."