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Rebirthing the Amniotic Sac

A photograph of researchers discussing microscopic results of cysts from an experiment in which embryonic stem cells form the beginning of the amniotic sac.

Deborah Gumucio, James Douglas Engel Collegiate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Jianping Fu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, discuss microscopic results of cysts they are analyzing from a cell culture in the G.G. Brown Building on the North Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Gumucio and Fu's research groups have collaborated to create an experiment in which embryonic stem cells form the beginning of the amniotic sac -- the protective membrane around a developing baby. Up until now, the only way to produce this tissue in a lab was to grow a whole embryo. Photo: Joseph Xu/Michigan Engineering Multimedia Content Producer, University of Michigan - College of Engineering