How we’ll transplant tiny organ-like blobs of cells into people

We are arguably a long way from transplanting a miniature brain into humans (Although some tried to put it in rodents). But we’re getting closer to transplanting other organoids — potentially those that look like lungs, livers or intestines, for example. Recent progress has been made by Mirianne Romiti at the Université Libre de Bruxelles … Read more

Genetically engineered B cells are being used for gene therapy

Until now, B cells have not received the same attention — in fact, genetically modified versions have not been tested in humans. This is partly because “engineering B cells is not that easy,” said Shane Lu, a professor at Virginia Tech who demonstrated in 2009 how to generate B cells that contain an extra gene. … Read more