Stem cell breakthrough could lead to new bone repair therapies.
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Stem Cell Breakthrough Could Lead to New Bone Repair Therapies On Nanoscale Surfaces

Feb. 11, 2013 — Scientists at the University of Southampton have created a new method to generate bone cells which could lead to revolutionary bone repair therapies for people with bone fractures or those who need hip replacement surgery due to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

The research, carried out by Dr Emmajayne Kingham at the University of Southampton in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and published in the journal Small, cultured human embryonic stem cells on to the surface of plastic materials and assessed their ability to change.

Scientists were able to use the nanotopographical patterns on the biomedical plastic to manipulate human embryonic stem cells towards bone cells. This was done without any chemical enhancement.

Read more: Stem cell breakthrough could lead to new bone repair therapies on nanoscale surfaces — Science Daily.

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