Spare Parts may Revolutionize Anti-aging Sector

by Rajashri on  October 20, 2009 at 9:36 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 Spare Parts  may Revolutionize Anti-aging Sector
Experts at Leeds University are looking at innovative ways to stop the body's aging clock at about 50 years of age.

The "50 active years after 50" plan aims to transplant own-grown tissues for pensioners and senior citizens. Initially hips, knees and heart valves will be the "spare parts" to be implanted, but researchers from the university's Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering are looking at other organs as well.

Professor Eileen Ingham and her team have successfully used a technique to transplant heart valves in animals. They have used functional healthy donor heart valve from a human or a suitable animal, such as a pig and have used enzymes or detergents to remove cells from the value.

The remaining scaffold is then transplanted to animals after which the body re-populated it with new cells, thus creating a functional valve.

Source: Medindia

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like