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Seaweed offers solution to transporting stem cells, wound treatment

from Medical News Today

Publishing in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, professor Che Connon and Dr. Stephen Swioklo describe the low-cost seaweed solution. Connon, professor of Tissue Engineering at Newcastle University explains: "The stem cells are surrounded by an alginate gel, which protects them from the environment — a bit like frogspawn. We found them unchanged even after three days at room temperature. This has many of advantages and applications. For example, we have used them to make a bandage, which contains human stem cells, that could be applied to a wound, such as an ulcer or burn, to speed up the healing process," he concludes. more

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