Researchers have pioneered a new technique combining bone stem cells with a degradable rigid material to encourage real bone to regrow.
The material developed by the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton is a honeycomb scaffold structure that allows blood to flow through it, enabling stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow to attach to the material and grow new bone. The plastic slowly degrades as the implant is replaced by newly grown bone.
The material is a blend of three types of plastics found suitable after hundreds of combinations of plastics were tested, to identify a blend that was
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From stem cells comes a ray of light for those who lives in the dark. A new surgical operation anti-blindness is under examimation by a team of Scottish scientists from Edinburgh and Glasgow, ready to start a study about using adult stem cells on 20 patients suffering of cornea blindness: this disease plague over than 80% of the senior citizens.
“We can note 2 or 3 new cases of cornea blindness every month; it’s a big problem” says Bal Dhillow from Princess Alexandra Eye Pavillon of Edinburgh.
The experimental technique contemplate using of adult stem cells taken from a
Stem Cell researchers at Cambridge and Edinburgh have discovered a promising stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis. While much work is still needed to translate the discovery into an effective treatment, this breakthrough provides a promising road map towards a cure.
A video story featuring the SCI’s Robin Franklin can be viewed on the BBC News website.
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