New Study Shows Sound Waves Could Help Regrow Bones
Recent research investigates whether sonic waves could help to regrow bones.
Dr. Amy Gelmi, a researcher from RMIT University, examines how external stimulation can be used to control stem cell fate. The process of tissue engineering has advanced over the past years. However, one of the most significant challenges in this field is the generation of new bone tissue since there is a possibility that the immune system will reject the implant or the new tissue. Moreover, it is also challenging to integrate new tissue or an implant with the bone.
This study used a device that emits high-frequency sound waves that can go across the stem cells. As a result, these cells turned into bone cells much by using soundwaves faster than by applying other standard techniques. Also, by using the sonic waves, the cells had a better response in comparison to the usual approaches.
This treatment was efficient for various types of cells, for instance, stem cells from fat. The researchers chose to apply it to several types of cells to show that it is not limited to regrowing bones only. In addition, extracting stem cells from fat through lipo is not as painful as extracting bone marrow.
The lead researcher believes that this study could aid many cancer patients who suffered bone loss and can make improvements in the field of tissue engineering. If it is successful, the treatment could help patients with different demographic backgrounds. However, more research is needed to investigate how this technique would work on aged stem cell sources.
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