Posted August 08, 2018 08:50:54A woman has been awarded a £25,000 award from the Medical Research Council for discovering a new way of making babies out of human tissue.
Dr Mary-Jane Roberts was one of six researchers who used genetic engineering to create the fetal stem cells that she believes could one day be used to treat people with congenital heart defects and other conditions.
Key points:Dr Roberts said the technique could be used for people with conditions including congenital heartsDr Roberts has discovered a new method for creating human stem cells from stem cellsDr Roberts told The Lad: “The idea is that it could be put to use in developing new drugs or medicines for the human body.”
The research, published in the journal Science, involved scientists from the University of Bristol, Newcastle University, University of Leicester and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The project was funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and was led by Dr Roberts.
The technique could oneday be used in developing drugs or medicine for the body.
Dr Roberts, who is a clinical investigator in the UK, told The Telegraph: “If we can develop new drugs, it could allow for a new generation of doctors to be able to use stem cells to treat patients with heart conditions, diabetes and cancer.”
“These cells have a potential to be used as stem cells for the treatment of these conditions, which is exciting.”
The technique involved using genetic engineering, a process which involves inserting DNA into living cells.
The researchers hope their technique will one day lead to the development of drugs that are able to work in people with heart disease, for example.
They also hope the technique will help develop treatments for the devastating effect that congenital abnormalities can have on the developing foetus.
Dr Edwards added: “This technology could be useful in the treatment and prevention of congenital cardiac defects.”
The UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it welcomed the development.
A spokesman said: “It is great news for us to see the first research being done to produce stem cells out of tissue and tissue engineering.”
This could enable us to regenerate damaged heart tissue and develop treatments to treat congenital conditions like heart defects.
“Dr Roberts is also a member of the UK’s first team to create a human heart from a stem cell.
She said she hoped the work would lead to a more accurate understanding of how the heart develops.”
There are many unanswered questions about the development and function of the heart and I’m hoping that our work will answer some of those questions,” she said.”
My hope is that this technology could eventually lead to human hearts, which would then be used by doctors to treat human conditions like congenital defects.””
I would like to thank the UK Government and the ERC for funding my research.