University of Manchester researchers have transformed fat tissue stem cells into nerve cells -- and now plan to develop an artificial nerve
that will bring damaged limbs and organs back to life. In a study published in October's Experimental Neurology
, Dr Paul Kingham and his team at the UK Centre for Tissue Regeneration (UKCTR) isolated the stem cells from the fat tissue of adult animals and differentiated them into nerve cells to be used for repair and regeneration of injured nerves. They are now about to start a trial extracting stem cells from fat tissue of volunteer adult patients, in order to compare in the laboratory human and animal stem cells.