Apr 8, 2020
This podcast explores how
researchers are working on generating blood from a patient's skin
cells for optimal
stem cells therapy.
When you listen, you'll learn
Rio Sugimura is a Research
Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital with the Daley Lab working on
producing lab-grown blood.
First he explains our body's process for making blood, detailing the importance of bone marrow as the home for blood stem cells that generate all types of blood cells in our body. Along the way, he explains the benefits of gene editing and different means of stem cells therapy.
Specifically, he is using skin
cells instead of bone marrow to generate blood stem cells. He
explains the challenges this process presents compared to our
natural system and provides two essential categories in which the
IPS cells lack the same efficacy.
Specifically, these lab-generated IPS cells lack components of genetic regulators that tell the cells how to behave and also lack the environmental benefit a home of bone marrow provides. However, he is working on solutions for these issues, including efforts toward manufacturing bone marrow organoids.
He finishes by explaining the next steps in developing and testing how these cells will work in bodies and how this exploration works in tandem with benefits of gene editing.
For more, Google his name for papers, see the Daley Lab website, and find him on Twitter as @RioSugimura.