London: For the first time, scientists have developed new bone from fresh and purified fat stem cells, a breakthrough which they say may one day eliminate the need for painful bone grafts that use material taken from the patient. The new procedure, carried out on an animal model, is also hoped to be applied to produce other tissues, including heart, skin and cartilage, the researchers said. "We are extremely excited. This is opening up a new dawn in personalised regenerative medicine in which people can isolate stem cells from their fat for repairing damaged bone, muscle, skin or cartilage. Lead researcher Prof Chia Soo from University of California was quoted as saying by the Sunday Express online. "Fat has a large number of tissue-growing stem cells and most people have fat cells to spare. People could go for a liposuction as a cosmetic procedure and save their fat cells for future use, or they can use the fat cells immediately."
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