A Protein That Heals Broken Bones Three Times Faster
In a recent experiment, scientists found that a family of proteins when injected in lab mice, healed their broken bones three times faster than normal.
A new experiment at the Stanford University found that lab mice healed three times faster than normal after their broken bones were flooded by Wnt proteins which are naturally used to re-grow new tissues.
The Wnt proteins play a variety of regenerative roles apart from being involved in healing many types of tissue. The experiment raises the possibility of regeneration without using stem cells.
Wired reports on the experiment
The researchers started their tests by genetically engineering a strain of mice that produced exceptionally high amounts of Wnt proteins. Three days after their bones were broken, they grew three and half times more new bone tissue than regular mice.