Not so Silly Putty: UM researchers use one of its components to turn stem cells into spinal cord cells
Crain’s Detroit Business is long overdue for a story or blog on Silly Putty. Better late than never, here we go:
As it turns out, a main component in silly putty helps stem cells that are being grown in culture turn into the specialized cells researchers need.
The component is called polydimethylsiloxane, and it provides a sponginess that aids stem-cell differentiation, according to a study by University of Michigan researchers published Sunday in the online journal Nature Materials.
The researchers coaxed human embryonic stem cells to turn into working spinal cord cells more efficiently by using a soft, ultrafine carpet of the silly stuff than by using other media. Continue Reading »