MSI PI Michael Kyba (professor, Pediatrics and Stem Cell Institute) and colleagues have published a study in which the researchers were able to harvest cells from a benign type of tumor called a teratoma and purify some of them so that they can rebuild skeletal muscle in mice with muscular dystrophy. This research shows promise for generating cells that can be used for research. It is possible the method could eventually be used therapeutically, but considerable additional research is required. An article about the paper appears on the University News website: Research Brief: Deriving Muscle Stem Cells From Teratomas.
Professor Kyba uses MSI for his research into stem cell self-renewal and differentiation with applications to disease.