Growing new blood vessels in the lab is a tough challenge, but a Johns Hopkins engineering team has solved a major stumbling block: how to prod stem cells to become two different types of tissue that are needed to build tiny networks of veins and arteries. The team’s solution is detailed in an article appearing in the journal Cardiovascular Research. The work is important because networks of new blood vessels, assembled in the lab for transplanting into patients, could be a boon to people whose circulatory systems have been damaged by heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.
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Using a $325,000 National Institutes of Health grant supplement, administered by the federal stimulus act, Susan Michaelis and her team at the School of Medicine are working hard to unlock the secrets of progeria, a disease that afflicts more than 50 children in 30 countries. Specifically, Michaelis is investigating the role that a protein known as lamin A plays in the disease.