Innovation in Medicine

An experimental strategy for recreating organ formation in the lab

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RIKEN researchers have imitated the formation of organs in the lab by “hacking” certain signaling pathways that guide the development of connective tissues in the embryo, which support the formation of the liver, gut and other organs. In addition to shedding light on organ development, this could eventually enable doctors to provide treatments tailored to individual patients.

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