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.