Stem cells to grow new cartilage

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stem cells grow new cartilageThe days are approaching when medical science will be able to grow body parts. In collaboration between Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Cytex Therapeutics Inc. in Durham, N.C., using one’s own stem cells scientists has succeeded in growing new cartilage on a 3-D, biodegradable, synthetic scaffold has been molded into the precise shape of a hip joint.

Combining it with gene therapy they programmed the cartilage to release anti-inflammatory molecules to stop arthritis returning.

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