Scientists test osteoarthritis treatment methods on horses

01/5/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Scientists are using former racehorses and rodeo horses to test two ways of repairing cartilage in comparison with a more common procedure called microfracture. The techniques use bone marrow stem cells that are either harvested through a centrifuge or grown in the lab before being implanted in the damaged cartilage, aiding tissue regeneration. The researchers hope the methods will help improve the treatment of osteoarthritis in humans.

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