Human Exceptionalism

Bone Marrow Stem Cells Help Heal Broken Bones

Another apparent adult stem cell advance: A hospital in the UK is pioneering a treatment for people whose broken bones do not heal–perhaps preventing the need for amputations. From the Telegraph report:

“Doctors at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, are harvesting stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow, growing them and then applying them to the fracture site, where they help broken bone grow again and unite.

Prof James Richardson, consultant surgeon, said yesterday: ‘The stem cells then help to grow new bone and literally ‘knit’ the fracture site together.”

Yup. Adult stem cells offer great potential for ameliorating human suffering.