20 February 2019
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Funding for follow-up research into the development of embryos

With a donation of almost 2.7 million euros from the foundation Stichting De Weijerhorst to Maastricht UMC+, new research is being funded into the still virtually unknown core processes between stem cells and other cells that take place in the embryo and in the interactions with the uterus. The research programme is led by the MERLN institute of Maastricht University (UM). This research builds on MERLN’s 2018 revolutionary innovation of the world’s first synthetic early embryos that, though formed in the lab, resemble natural embryos so closely that they implant and initiate pregnancy in mice. The new research is now focused on better understanding and administering the growth factors that will ensure that the synthetic embryos grow properly.