New Nanofiber Stem Cell Therapy Developed By Kyoto UniversityBy Amanda Foster, UniversityHerald Reporter
When it comes to stem cell therapy, researchers from around the world are focused on creating disease treatments and regenerative therapies that can help produce quality stem cells. In a lab in Kyoto University, a team of researchers led by Ken-ichiro Kamei has found a fiber-on-fiber technique.
Kamei and his team has fabricated gelatin nanofibers onto a synthetic, biodegradable microfiber sheet, made from polyglycolic acid. The team has been working on stem cell therapy ideas that can allow easy exchange of growth factors.
The team has found that their design reduces the amount of stress placed on the stem cells, as reported by Phys.org. Their tests show that the stem cells grew robustly after four days of culture. Comparing that to previous techniques, this new design showed that more than 95 percent of the cells grew.
Stem cell therapy treatments are being worked on around the world. Stem cells are being used to treat a variety of illnesses such as bone marrow diseases, cancers and other immunity disorders.
But stem cell therapy is being exposed to the harsh light of day as Dr. Mehmet Oz exposes for-profit stem cell clinics. According to Dr. Oz, these places are a scam, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. His focus is on the for-profit clinics that are offering supposed stem cell therapy treatments that can treat a host of diseases. Dr. Oz explains that these are unproven as well as very expensive cures.
Dr. Oz warns his viewers who are attracted to stem cell therapy treatment hot spots. People can get confused with the marketing scams being advertised. He is accompanied on his show by Sally Temple, a stem cell scientist and president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Temple explains that it takes years to develop treatments and receive an FDA approval.
Dr. Oz and Temple hopes that false for-profit clinics will not undermine the works of medical experts and labs such as Kyoto University who are working hard to study and develop stem cell designs that can help cure diseases.
Watch the Kyoto University clip below of artificial nanofibers self-sorting into organized structures in real-time: