Get to know more about this so-called “Living Bandage.”

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Tear Your Meniscus? This “Living Bandage” May Help

“British researchers are using a newly patented technique involving stem cells to repair the common knee injury. When Sir Martin John Evans published evidence of the first embryonic stem cell cultures in 1981, the research offered a glimmer of hope in the medical field. Many thought that these unspecialized cells could be a panacea. The idea is tantalizing: With a little coaxing, these cells have the potential to turn into anything from skin to cartilage. They could even grow into complete organs or body parts. And in recent years, researchers have learned that these cells have another special property: they can spur growth in nearby tissues.”

By Maya Wei-Haas

SMITHSONIAN.COM
JANUARY 10, 2017

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tear-your-meniscus-living-bandage-may-help-180961737/#g53LFSGpQ1WUWHWi.99