The Universe Within: From stem cells to real tissue
In late 2010, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s became the first team to successfully convert human skin cells into fully functioning intestinal tissue.
This breakthrough in stem cell science eventually may allow doctors to repair organ damage by using the patient’s own cells to grow replacement tissue.
This image of the functioning tissue was produced by the lab of James Wells, PhD. It was created by infusing the lab-created tissue with fluorescent biomarkers that produce different colors for different types of cells when viewed with a confocal microscope.