In a collaborative project scientists from the Animal Health Trust and the University of East Anglia have made 3D printed scaffolds that can be used to turn induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into bone in the laboratory...
Bone fractures occur commonly in horses through traumatic injuries and bone overloading. Severe fractures can be difficult to treat due to a horse’s need to bear weight on all of its limbs. Surgical approaches to fracture repair are constantly improving and bone grafting is often carried out in human patients to help the repair of the fracture site. However, the harvesting of bone from another site can have catastrophic consequences and it is not commonly used in horses.
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Baird A, Dominguez Falcon N, Saeed A & Guest D J (20019) Biocompatible Three-Dimensional Printed Thermoplastic Scaffold for Osteoblast Differentiation of Equine Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods 25
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Image: MC/MT 3 and 4: fracture 04 - DMPaLO radiograph ©Graham Munroe