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Broken Bones may be Mended by Protein Jab

by Rajshri on  May 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 Broken Bones may be Mended by Protein Jab
A novel way to significantly speed up the healing of broken bones in mice has been found by scientists; a feat which, if replicated in humans, could mean people with fractures would be free of their casts a lot sooner.
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Jill Helms, Roel Nusse and team at Stanford University in California drilled small holes into the shin bones of mice, and injected them with Wnt proteins.

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These proteins prompt bone stem cells to divide, reports New Scientist.

Three days later, bone growth was three times greater than in mice injected with a placebo, it was observed.

The approach could prove to be better than adding new stem cells, which can divide uncontrollably.

The research has appeared in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Source: ANI
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