Grow Your Own Spare Parts?

A study reported in The Lancet makes it pretty clear that growing your own spare parts may be a real possibility in the near future!

Growing technology is allowing science to put stem cells hard at work growing those hip and knee joints that we’re wearing out as we age.

In a decade or so, people now clamoring for metal and ceramic replacement joints may instead be able to have a fully functional biological replacement — a joint grown within their own bodies to their specific physiology.

To date, researchers have successfully grown replacement shoulder joints in rabbits, using an implanted biological “scaffold” upon which new cartilage developed, according to a study reported in The Lancet.

Discovery of New Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Genes May Help in Treating Patients

Alzhimer’s is a growing problem as the population ages.

The challenge lies in early detection and treatments which target the four degenerative pathways to alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia and the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although specific genetic mutations are known to cause the early onset form of the disease, the late onset form is thought to arise from a complex interaction of susceptibility genes and other risk factors

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