Japanese Team Produces Miniature Bowels from Embryonic Stem Cells

January 16, 2017

(Japan Times) – A Japanese research team says it has successfully produced from human cells miniature bowels that can make the muscular movements needed to transport food through the digestive tract — just like natural intestines. The bowels, no larger than 1 or 2 cm, were created from human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells, the team said Thursday.