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German surgeons claim to have repaired a 7 year old girl's skull damage by growing new bone from stem cells derived from her fat. However, experts warn that this does not conclusively mean that stem cells can be used to grow bone tissue. This use of mature stem cells for tissue growth is in contrast to previous use of embryonic stem cells. Other German doctors claim to have replaced a man's jaw bone (damaged through cancer surgery) by first growing the jaw bone on the man's back muscle. It is uncertain as to whether marrow or stem cells resulted in the bone growth. If the results are as reported, this could be a huge break through as fat cells are easily and abundantly available.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Seattle Times
About: New skull bone tissue grown from fat-derived stem cells
Date: 18 December 2004
Source: The Seattle Times
Author: Malcolm Ritter
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