Stem Cell-Based ‘Tracking Devices’

TUESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) — Call it a fantastic voyage. Scientists have successfully found a way to inject tiny iron filings into the human body to potentially monitor medical therapies. The particles work as tracking devices that may help physicians determine if certain treatments are working.The development of methods to track cells is critical to stem-cell and other therapies that rely on the delivery of particular cells to a target site, such as the heart or other organ, according to the authors of a small new study.”Eventually we’ll be able to prove stem cells are going where they are supposed to be and track cells going into other tissues,” said Dr. David Newby, study co-author and professor and chair of cardiology at the Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland.JUMP