Researchers Grow Blood Vessel Network

July 24th, 2008

An amazing article appeared in one of the blogs from Discover magazine.  Apparently, researchers have taken blood progenitor cells (found in cord blood and bone marrow) and used them to grow entire networks of blood vessels in mice.  The cells were implanted in mice and within seven days, a “vigorous network” of blood vessels formed and began conducting blood. 

All I can say is wow!  This could eventually eliminate the need for things like angioplasty and maybe even bypass surgery.  Since these are both difficult and dangerous surgeries, it would be so much better to just grow new blood vessels.

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  • 1. cathy burns  |  June 20th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I had an aortic aneurysm repair done 4 yrs. ago. I’m told that it will last approx. 7 yrs. and they can not repair it–So I have approx 3 yrs left to live! The stent runs from my rt. femeral artery up to the sternum and I have a fem to fem crossover graft. Would it be possible in the near futue to grow a new aorta and left iliac artery to restore blood flow to my left leg? I am 67 yrs old. I would be pleased to have a reply.

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