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Gene therapy restores function to injured horses

Injecting a combination of the vascular endothelial growth factor gene VEGF164 and bone morphogenetic protein 2 into the tendons and ligaments of injured horses allowed the animals to walk and trot within three weeks and gallop within two months, researchers reported in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. "If this treatment becomes accessible in the veterinary clinics, we may be able to treat lameness and the pain and get racing horses, other working horse and pet horses back to health and may mean that they are not euthanized, in pain or unable to have a healthy life," said study leader Catrin Rutland.

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