Special surface 'tricks' stem cells to become liver-like cells

Associate Professors Ho Han Kiat (left) and Giorgia Pastorin from NUS were the lead researchers behind the hydrogel structure for the liver-like cells.
Associate Professors Ho Han Kiat (left) and Giorgia Pastorin from NUS were the lead researchers behind the hydrogel structure for the liver-like cells. PHOTO: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

NUS team's hydrogel mimics liver surface to get stem cells to closely resemble those of organ

Liver disease can slowly eat away at one's life, and growing liver cells to replace diseased tissue comes with the risk of rejection.

But scientists here have found a way to grow cells that seems to be safer and more efficient than current methods.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2018, with the headline 'Special surface 'tricks' stem cells to become liver-like cells'. Print Edition | Subscribe