Growing Bone from Stem Cells in Fat Could End Painful Graft Operations

In a study published in the June issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, researchers were able to demonstrate the potential of a population of stem cells found in human fat to generate bone. They also identified a new factor to stimulate bone growth. Bone grafts grown from purified stem cells originating from fat could lead to a more efficient way to regenerate bone and end the painful operations needed to collect a patient’s own bone for grafting. The results could have significant impact on those suffering from severe bone injuries or disease.

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