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Stem cell jab ‘may boost muscle’

November 11, 2010
The transplanted material seemed to kick the stem cells to a high gear for self-renewal, essentially taking over the production of muscle cells”
- Professor Bradley Olwin Research leader

Muscle wasting linked to old age might one day be treated using stem cells, claim US scientists.

A University of Colorado team transplanted cells into mice and saw the muscle more than double in size - staying that way even into old age.

They say their work, reported in Science Translational Medicine, may have promise in treating muscle-wasting conditions such as muscular dystrophy.

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