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EXPERTS in Sheffield have recreated artificial ‘sticky spots’ which are required for stem cells to properly develop for the first time.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield say their findings using foam type materials will help their counterparts across the world make biomaterials sticky enough for stem cells to grow.

Previous attempts to recreate the extracellular matrix did not achieve the random distribution of sticky cells.

Professor Giuseppe Battaglia said: “What was surprising was that when we allowed stem cells to adhere to the foams we found random stickiness was required for stem cells to properly adhere.

“We also found that this is likely necessary for stem cell development into mature tissue cells.”