Stem cell treasure trove

Discarded tissue from hip replacement surgery could be a rich source of stem cells to be harvested for regenerative medicine, say UNSW researchers.

Published this week in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, their study looked at the feasability of using a patient’s own tissue removed during routine arthroplasty as stem cells for potential use in organ repair or to treat disease.

The team collected periosteum-derived stem cells from patients with RA or OA who had undergone joint replacements,