British scientists grow human liver in a laboratory

By FIONA MacRAE, Science Reporter
 
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Dr Nico Forraz   and Prof Colin McGuckin, the tissue created in the lab is actually the size of a 1p piece
British scientists have grown the world’s first artificial liver from stem cells in a breakthrough that will one day provide entire organs for transplant.

The technique that created the ‘mini-liver’, currently the size of a one pence piece, will be developed to create a full-size functioning liver.

Described as a ‘Eureka moment’ by the Newcastle University researchers, the tissue was created from blood taken from babies’ umbilical cords just a few minutes after birth.

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