Lab-Grown Cartilage May One Day Cut Need for This

Made of patients' stem cells and synthetic 'scaffolding,' it may cut need for hip replacement, scientists say

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By Randy Dotinga

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report progress toward developing lab-grown cartilage that could postpone or possibly eliminate the need for hip replacement surgery in younger arthritis patients.

The cartilage hasn't been tested in humans yet, and it's too early to know anything about side effects or cost. Still, the researchers said it's promising because the cartilage is only partially artificial -- it also includes the patient's stem cells -- and the synthetic "scaffolding" may vanish over time, leaving only human tissue in its place.

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