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Stem Cell Breakthrough for Equine Lameness

In the late 1990s, the human biomedical field was teeming with researchers dedicated to the study of embryonic stem cells, which appeared to usher in the age of regenerative medicine. Despite the incredible amount of promise these cells yielded for the future treatment of musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries, ethical concerns immediately presented themselves, causing researchers to shift their concentration to adult or non-embryonic stem cells. Although the same ethical concerns were not nearly as noteworthy in equine medicine, veterinarians have turned their attention to the use of stem cells extracted from bone marrow over the course of the last decade as another exciting option in regenerative medicine. To date, the results have been mixed, but in recent years stem cells retrieved from dental pulp have showed incredible promise in regenerative and degenerative medicine. A study published on the subject from the Ohio State University’s Veterinary Clinical Services in the March…

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