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Horse Stem Cell Technique to be Tested in People

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 in England. Patients who are part of the study 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 stem cell process and follow-up data suggests a 50 percent reduction in re-injury over a three year period, compared with conventional treatment.

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 in England. Patients who are part of the study 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 stem cell process and follow-up data suggests a 50 percent reduction in re-injury over a three year period, compared with conventional treatment.

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