Monday, 24 December 2012

Iranian scientists announce human organ cloning project

Yesterday, Iranian scientists  from the stem cell department of the Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine (RIRB) announced their latest project, the creation of human organs from human embryonic stem cells.

The RIRB Department of Stem Cells was established in 2002. Since then, they have been working on embryonic stem cells, and have successfully managed to differentiate them into all kind of cells including cardiomyocytes, beta cells, and neurons. They have also used embryonic stem cells to clone a mouse and in 2006, they cloned the country's first lamb, Royana.

Picture of mouse embryonic stem cells
Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells
Now they intend to used their knowledge for a more promising project, the production of human organs derived from human embryonic stem cells. Mohammad Hossein Nasr Esfahani, head of the Royan institute, explained that they organs will be grown into the bodies of animals.

"In the new project of the Royan institute, we plan to produce human organs in the body of animals through supplementation of stem cells"

Video of the RIRB Department of Stem Cells and the infertility treatments it offers

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