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Old 01-08-2011, 11:01 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Barracuda View Post
I thought that when cartilage was an issue, surgeons implant something in its place. No?
Not my area of expertise but I know that there is a procedure called chondrocyte implantation where surgeons remove a patient's chondrocytes (cartilage-producing cells), grow the cells in a petri dish, and re-implant the cells with the hope that the cells will produce cartilage. I believe the procedure is being performed in the States right now and is also undergoing some fine-tuning to increase its efficacy.
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