Scientific breakthrough as researchers use stem cells to grow lungs to research coronavirus.
A set of artificial miniature lungs have been grown by research scientists in a laboratory to enable them to infect the lungs with Covid cells which allows them to watch how the disease infects human cells.
Heralded as a scientific breakthrough, the team, comprising scientists from Cambridge University and Duke University, produced two sets of lungs across different studies to examine the full effect of coronavirus on the human respiratory system.
In the studies the lungs were grown out of stem cells known as alveolar cells.
Already the use of these lungs is paying dividends for the understanding of Covid-19 and how it spreads.
The study has shown that the virus is actually much faster in affecting the lungs than previously thought. Changes occur within the structure of the lungs within just three-days of infection even though physical symptoms tend not to appear until around ten-days after infection.
Researchers hope that this process will continue to give them valuable data in examining and fighting the disease.
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