Researchers grow cartilage from fat (fwd)

From: xgl (
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 09:21:22 MST

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Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 7:50:17 PST
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Subject: Researchers grow cartilage from fat

   WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (AFP) - Researchers at Duke University have
grown cartilage from fat cells in the laboratory, creating hope of
restoring injured tissue, the university said Tuesday.
   The researchers obtained fat cells through liposuction and
treated them with a chemical formula, causing them to grow into
cartilage cells after two weeks, the university said in a news
   "This holds out the possibility, some time in the future, of
taking fat cells from someone with a cartilage injury and growing
new cartilage within a mold to replace the damaged tissue," said
Geoffrey Erickson, a graduate student who prepared the research for
presentation Tuesday during the annual meeting of the Orthopedic
Research Society.

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