Scientists grow self-healing muscle tissue in lab

Muscle regeneration may be possible in the not too distant future, according to researchers from Duke University who have created muscle that can heal itself.

A report published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science explains that the lab-grown muscle has been tested only in mice so far. It was created using a combination of developed contractile muscle fibers and immature stem cells, also known as satellite cells.

After the tissue was damaged, researchers said the satellite cells kicked in to help repair the muscle. Furthermore, when the muscle was placed into mice, it bonded well with tissue to perform  normal functions.

More testing of the process is required before moving to human trials. Researchers hope these muscles created from stem cells will one day help repair damage in humans.

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