ISLAMABAD: A team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh has completed a milestone in medical science by regenerating a living organ for the first time.
Specifically, the scientists regenerated a thymus, which is an organ “located next to the heart that produces important immune cells,”.
The regeneration was not with a human organ-instead, the researchers were experimenting with very old mice. However, the development is a huge step toward organ therapy and regeneration for living people, Fars news agency reported.
The thymus is essential for the immune system, and the research could prove invaluable for assisting patients with immune problems.
The research was published in this month’s issue of the journal Development. The regeneration of the thymus was made possible through manipulating a specific protein, known as FOXN1.
For both humans and mice, the thymus starts to shut down with age.