Stem cells from fat tissue may help repair bones, study finds

05/7/2014 | San Francisco Chronicle (free content)

Scientists at the University of California at San Francisco have used stem cells from fat tissue to repair broken bones in animal subjects. They collected stem cells from fat tissue and prompted the cells to grow into cartilage cells using growth factors, which then became bone cells. They found that when cartilage cells were implanted into a shin fracture in mice, the cells themselves promoted healing and eventually turned into bone cells. The study appeared in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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