Pig bladder tissue used to regrow leg muscles

05/1/2014 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

An extracellular matrix created from chemically treated pig bladders, sewn into the injured legs of five patients, successfully triggered new muscle growth by stimulating patients' own stem cells. Several patients who received the treatment had considered amputation. The experiment, conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, appeared in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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