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AKU researchers to grow mini-intestines to study malnutrition

23 February 2021

Researchers at the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Pakistan are harnessing the power of stem cells to create mini-intestines that can generate new insights into how malnutrition occurs. Malnutrition is a major public health problem in the developing world, with four out of ten children under the age of five in Pakistan suffering from stunting while one in three children is underweight, according to the National Nutrition Survey 2018. In an extension of their work on malnutrition, the AKU faculty in collaboration with researchers at the University of Virginia will study the effects of Covid-19 infection on a malnourished gut, one of the first such studies in the world.