Live disc implant to provide better back treatment

Lawrence Bonassar and his team from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have been busy working with cells taken from sheeps spines to produce replica’s of rats spinal dics. They have been experimenting with these discs and found that they may provide a better alternative to synthetic disc replacements.

“The implanted discs stood up to pulling and compression like the original discs. Crucially, they also improved with age, growing new cells and binding to nearby vertebrae in the six months after surgery.”

via Live disc implant could kill back pain – health – 01 August 2011 – New Scientist.

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