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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Good News for Bad Knees

We can now grow cartilage:

Tissue engineering can effectively fix damaged knee cartilage, researchers have shown for the first time. Cartilage cells donated by patients were grown on scaffolds in the lab before being implanted back into their knees. More than a year later analysis showed the cartilage had matured successfully, even in patients with osteoarthritis.

Tissue engineering uses a mixture of biology, chemistry and materials science to grow tissues in the lab just like those in the body. Until recently, most research has taken place in the lab.

2 Comments:

  • As a person who this research will potentially impact in 20 years, I say more power to 'em. Great news.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:55 AM  

  • Thanks. With my injured knee I'm kinda freaked out about them potentially having to remove the damaged cartilage, which causes arthritis in about 15 years. This makes me feel better about it.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 12:06 PM  

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