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Horse stem-cell technique to be tested in people | Reuters

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on April 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm

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LONDON (Reuters) – A stem-cell repair technique that has already been used to fix hundreds of injured race horses is to be tested for the first time in people with damaged Achilles tendons.

Privately owned British biotech firm MedCell Bioscience said on Wednesday it would start clinical tests within 12 months and planned to run a larger confirmatory study at several European hospitals in 2011.

Patients will receive injections containing millions of their own stem cells, which have been extracted and multiplied up in a laboratory, and can regenerate new tissue to repair damaged regions.

More than 1,500 race horses have been treated using the same process and follow-up data suggests a 50 percent reduction in re-injury over a three year period, compared with conventional treatment.

“The move from clinical veterinary to human medicine is inspiring and unusual — we normally see the translation happening the other way around,” said Nicola Maffulli, an orthopaedic surgeon and leading expert in sports medicine, who will help conduct the trial.

via Horse stem-cell technique to be tested in people | Reuters.

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