Anyone who has broken a bone knows how long and arduous the recovery period can be.
Now scientists say they have created a revolutionary ‘putty’ that can put the healing process into super-drive.
Scientists from the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center used adult stem cells to produce a protein involved in bone healing and generation.
They then incorporated them into a gel, combining the healing properties into something they labelled ‘fracture putty.’
Working with Dr John Peroni from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine the team used a stabilising device and inserted putty into fractures in rats.
Video of the healed animals at two weeks shows the rats running around and standing on their hind legs with no evidence of injury. The RBC researchers are testing the material in pigs and sheep, too.
‘The small-animal work has progressed, and we are making good progress in large animals,’ study leader Dr Steve Stice said.
The researchers hope the putty will revolutionise fracture treatment for injured soldiers