Growing Stem Cells On Nanowires
Growing stem cells on nanowires. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a mouse embryonic stem cell growing on vertical silicon nanowires. These nanowires are used to relay electrical signals to and between the stem cells growing on them. Researchers found that silicon nanowires could be embedded in mouse embryonic stem cells without damaging the cells. This means the wires could be safely utilized in guiding the development of embryonic stem cells into neurons, heart cells and other specialized cells.
Image credit: Peidong Yang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/ Science Photo Library