Siberian researchers develop bioreactor to grow? living heart

Siberian researchers develop bioreactor to grow? living heartScientists at Tomsk Polytechnic University have developed know-how which is believed to enable the growing of the vital human organs from stem cells

Scientists at Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Siberia have developed know-how which is believed to enable the growing of the vital human organs, such as kidneys, liver, extremities and even heart, from stem cells, TPU announced. Currently at an advanced stage of development is TPU?s bioreactor, a system that might be likened to a house to accommodate cells for further growth. The cells are taken from a newborn baby?s umbilical blood. The researchers? effort is aimed at ?orchestrating? stem cell division in the bioreactor in a certain way to make it possible to form some tissue required, including bone, connective, skin and heart tissue. Sergei Tverdokhlebov, a TPU associate professor, believes by the end of this century, systems like the TPU one will render production of any of the human organs a ?par for the course thing,? thus extending life expectancy dramatically. Alongside Tomsk Polytechnic, many large research entities across the world are looking into possibilities in regenerative medicine. For example, French scientists have designed an artificial heart that is said to possess all the functions of the real one and even be able to control the frequency of heartbeat...