03 December 2013

Artificial bones – by individual measure

Novosibirsk surgeons have developed a method for growing artificial bone tissue

Siberian News Agency

Scientists of the Novosibirsk Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics have developed a method for growing "individual" bone tissue from human stem cells, ITAR-TASS reported on December 2. In fact, these are spare parts for the human body that can be used in case of injury or any congenital pathology. This is the first successful attempt in world medicine to turn human stem cells into bone or cartilage, Novosibirsk News clarifies.

"We have learned how to grow bone tissue for a specific patient. A group of the patient's bone marrow cells is populated on a special basis. This engineering equivalent of bone tissue is implanted into the patient's body and ideally takes root in it without being rejected. It is very important that within two years the matrix base degrades, disappears," said the director of the Institute, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Mikhail Sadovoy.

Doctors will even be able to adjust the speed of recovery depending on the condition and age of the patient.

The research was conducted on the basis of the Novosibirsk Medical Prototyping Center. Currently, the development is ready for preclinical testing. Scientists assume that by 2016 such operations will be put into practice.

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