Discovery of new skeletal stem cells may improve regenerative therapies for osteoporosis

Written by Harriet Wall

Colorized scanning electron micrograph shows bone cells attaching to a new type of bone cement made of calcium phosphate.

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital (MA, USA) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (MA, USA) have discovered a new group of skeletal stem cells (SCCs) that function during the transitional period between rapid bone growth and bone maintenance. This study may help scientists understand the physiological factors that affect bone formation – leading to improved regenerative therapies for bone injury and disease. Their study was recently published in the journal Stem Cells. “This is particularly important given that anything that interferes with the proper development of bone mass during childhood and adolescence has long-lasting effects on our health, including the...

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