Ferrets can grow human livers

Scientists have used ferret livers, which are the size of walnuts, to grow minature human livers. The breakthrough by US scientists raises the prospect of growing livers that could then be transplanted into patients. The US team used part of the ferret livers as a “scaffold” to grow human liver cells, after the animal cells … [Read the full story]

More of us are getting ‘Desk Derriere’

With more of us working behind desks than ever before, our bottoms are getting bigger – a problem that has been dubbed ‘desk derriere’. A recent study that scanned the buttocks of inactive people found muscle was shrinking and breaking down due to lack of exercise. The research at Tel Aviv University also showed that … [Read the full story]

Is it possible to have immortal cells?

There is only one known case of a person having immortal cells (cells that can divide indefinitely outside of the human body, defying the Hayflick Limit) and that is of a woman named Henrietta Lacks. In 1951, 31 year old Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer, which she died from within the year. Unknown … [Read the full story]