Can stem cells be used to re-grow bone?

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Can stem cells be used to re-grow bone?
« on: 12/01/2009 08:55:49 »
Don Robertson asked the Naked Scientists:

Dear Scientists au Natural:

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Anyway, I'd like to know if stem cells could be used to re-grow sections of bone for transplanting. I saw an article on the Spanish Doctors that used stem cells to re-grow part of a wind pipe, would this work on bone as well?

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Don

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Can stem cells be used to re-grow bone?
« Reply #2 on: 12/01/2009 17:58:26 »
Scientists are now looking into unlocking stem cells from your own bone marrow using drugs. These will then help to mend broken bones. Look at the following from new scientist

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16383-drugs-unlock-the-bodys-own-stem-cell-cabinet.html
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