Scientists in London have unannounced they managed to grow lung cells from embryonic stem cells. Found in human embryos, embryonic stem cells are primitive cells with the power to transform into any one of the 200 specialized cell types found in the human body—from brain and nerve cells to heart and liver cells.
Researchers successfully allured embryonic stem cells to transform into specialized lung cells that line an area of human lungs that helps our bodies absorb oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide. This represents a first step to being able to grow lungs and tissue needed so badly for transplant and cancer patients.
This is just one new achievement in line of many concerning embryonic stem cells. Last week we got news from Harvard University about fusing skin cells and embryonic stem cells to create hybrid stem cells with the DNA of the skin cell donor. Researches from Edinburgh reported growing pure nerve stem cells, which grow into nerve and brain cells, from embryonic stem cells and may be very important in treating Alzheimier's, Parkinson's, and other neurological diseases.
Even though it will take some more years to transform these findings this into practice, it gives hope for many people in need.