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Spinal cord injury patients may benefit from stem cell growth

Many illnesses can be addressed with the use of stem cells. Likewise, stem cells may help those suffering from spinal cord injury in West Virginia and elsewhere. However, growing a large number of these cells has proved challenging over the years. Fortunately, thanks to scientific developments, making these cells is starting to become easier.

Up to now, scientists could not effectively or efficiently grow many stem cells while also keeping them regenerative, which has prevented them from producing more therapies. This problem existed because the two-dimensional surfaces that have been used for stem cell growth are not sufficient for cultivating large quantities. However, researchers discovered a way in which to develop more cells in tinier spaces: allow the cells to develop in a three-dimensional stack.

A three-dimensional culture occupies 16 square inches, whereas a two-dimensional culture occupies a whopping 16 square feet. This means that the newest culture will decrease the space being occupied by 100 times. The polymer-based gel used to create the three-dimensional culture will also not require as many nutrients and will decrease energy use.

The fact that scientists can grow more stem cells in less space now may provide hope to those suffering from spinal cord injury. However, until a cure is found, these patients are left to deal with the negative effects of these injuries, including paralysis. In cases where another person's negligence caused these injuries -- such as a careless motorist behind the wheel -- the injured party has the right to file a personal injury claim against the party deemed responsible, seeking a judgment for monetary damages. A financial award in West Virginia may help with addressing medical costs and other injury-related losses.

Source: healththoroughfare.com, "Growing Neural Stem Cells in 3D Stacks Can Cure Spinal Cord Injuries and Cancer", Asheley Rice, Nov. 7, 2017

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