APR 16, 2017 10:26 AM PDT

Lab-Grown Bones are Becoming a Reality

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

Bones are complicated tissues in our bodies. They vary in size and shape, and even density. Thus when patients are stricken with diseases, like congenital deformities, or damage their bones by accidents, it can be exceedingly challenging for doctors to find and 'install' replacement parts. Even so, bone transplants are the second most common transplanted tissues, next to blood. Thus, finding alternatives to donor bone tissues is of great interest.

Earlier last year, a team from the University of the West of Scotland and the University of Glasgow observed that bones normally need some sort of physical stimulation to thrive. Using high frequency vibrations, called 'nanokicks,' the team found they could stimulate stem cells to differentiate into bone cells.

Scientists have also experimented with fat stem cells and a 3-D-printed bone model as a scaffold with similar promising results. Watch the video to learn more about how bones are being grown in the lab for the clinic!
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
You May Also Like
APR 08, 2020
Health & Medicine
APR 08, 2020
Researchers Examine Differences Between Hot & Cold Brewed Coffee
A cup of coffee is not a simple beverage these days. With a multitude of methods available, the cold brewing method has ...
APR 13, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 13, 2020
Lion Cubs' Curiosity Sometimes Leads Them Right Into Danger
Most people have probably heard the popular idiom ‘the curiosity killed the cat’ at some point in their live ...
APR 21, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 21, 2020
Male Silverback Gorilla Gets Rejected After Attempt to Impress Female
Silverback gorillas are somewhat renowned for their powerful arms and legs. In many cases, males use their brute strengt ...
MAY 27, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 27, 2020
Unfavorable Weather Delays SpaceX's Historic Crewed American Launch
After officially receiving the green light from NASA to move forward with the first crewed space launch from American so ...
MAY 28, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
MAY 28, 2020
Expandable Resin Solves the Size Problem of 3D Printing
One of the current limitations of using a 3D printer is the size of the product. For someone to print a large part, they ...
JUN 09, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
JUN 09, 2020
Can Time Flow Backward? Very Unlikely According to a Recent Black Hole Simulation
The idea of time in physics is often associated with the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the entropy of ...
Loading Comments...