Greek myths, philosophy and architecture are often presented as the wellspring of Western civilization. However, science and reason are universal–so this time the wellspring is Yokohama City University in Japan.
The most hopeful use of stem cell research thus far and a breakthrough in growing cells in a way that now promises the increased possibility of full organ growth, brings us the amazing potential of curing much disease that currently cuts lives short.
“PROMETHEUS, a Titan bound to a rock by Zeus, endured the daily torture of an eagle feasting on his liver, only to have the organ regrow each night. Compared with this spectacle, a video on the website of Nature this week seems decidedly dull. It shows a collection of pink dots consolidating into a darker central glob.But something titanic is indeed happening. The pink dots are stem cells, and the video shows the development of a liver bud, something which can go on to look and act like a liver. Takanori Takebe and Hideki Taniguchi of Yokohama City University, in Japan, who made the video, have created working human-liver tissue.”