Horses' fat offers rich source of stem cells

07/20/2011 | The Horse

In addition to harvesting stem cells from horses' bone marrow, veterinarians can also use either a surgical incision or liposuction to harvest cells from adipose tissue. Fat from the hindquarters and a few other spots on the horse's body can yield enough cells to preclude the need to wait days or weeks for cell expansion after the harvest, and the cells have the ability to develop into bone, cartilage, muscle and tendon cells, says veterinarian Joseph Yocum, owner of Green Tree Veterinary Service and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Danville, Ky.

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