09 May Stem cell scientists clear another hurdle in creating transplant arteries
Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death worldwide, and treating it isn’t easy. The disease wreaks havoc on patients’ blood vessels and can require complex bypass surgery.
Scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research are working toward a dream of creating artery banks — similar to blood banks common today — with readily-available material to replace diseased arteries during surgery.
The latest work in the lab of Morgridge regenerative biologist James Thomson puts the science one step closer to that goal.