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- Jul 22, 2004
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Interesting article on using stem cells to repair torn cartilage may be used in future therapy. It gives hope to those with severely damaged cartilage and a complete recovery could be possible.
Damage to articular cartilage in humans is a common sequel to injury or illness, and there is no therapy that completely restores the tissue. But in animal experiments, found Johnny Huard, Ph.D., director of the growth and development laboratory at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, muscle-derived stem cells, genetically altered to express bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP-4), were able to repair damaged cartilage in injured knees.