New Orleans—Researchers at Children's Hospital in Boston have shown that amniotic fluid can be a source of cells for fetal tissue engineering and may be a better source than cells harvested from the fetus itself.
In presenting their findings at the American College of Surgeons' Clinical Congress in October, the researchers showed that a 2-mL sample of amniotic fluid obtained by amniocentesis could yield enough cells to create an engineered construct—material containing cells from the fetus, to function as a graft—ready for implantation immediately after birth.
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