Experiment grows new muscle in men’s injured legs
Dr. Stephen Badylak, a surgery professor at the university, and deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, holding a sheet of extracellular matrix, scaffolding-like material derived from pig bladder. His team implanted a similar version, designed for use in humans, into a handful of men with severe leg injuries and reported Wednesday that the experimental treatment helped regrow muscle. AP Photo/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:33 pm
Updated: 12:11 am, Thu May 1, 2014.
WASHINGTON — Scientists implanted thin sheets of scaffolding-like material from pigs into a few young men with disabling leg injuries — and say the experimental treatment coaxed the men’s own stem cells to regrow new muscle.
The research, funded by the Defense Department, included just five patients, a small first step in the complex quest for regenerative medicine.
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:33 pm.
Updated: 12:11 am.