Jan 11, 2018

Scientists Create Functioning Human Muscle Using Skin Cells

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Researchers at Duke University have managed to create functional human muscle tissue using skin cells as the starting point[1]. This research builds on their previous work from 2015, when they grew the first functioning muscle tissue using cells obtained from muscle biopsies[2].

Being able to create muscle cells using non-muscle tissue opens the door for scientists to grow muscle cells in bulk, provides an easier path to genome editing and gene therapies, offers a supply for basic research studies, and could help create personalized models for rare muscle diseases, leading to better patient outcomes.

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