Sunday, February 03, 2008

Stemcells grow a new jawbone - Finland research

From Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL012172320080201?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

I thought this might be of interest to the adenoid cystic carcinoma fighters, since many of us end up (or start by) losing a jawbone. The research spokeswoman said that "the patient was recovering more quickly than he would have if he had received a bone graft from his leg." The stem cells were isolated from the patient's own fatty tissue. (Ahem - I have plenty of mine to share, if they ever develop a stem cell bank.)
Another interesting bit: the bone transplant was grown inside the man's abdomen.

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