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Jaw Dropper

Columbia University professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic says her team of researchers has grown a human jaw bone using stem cells taken from bone marrow.

Columbia University biomedical engineering professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic says that her team of researchers has grown a human jaw bone using stem cells taken from bone marrow. She says that the availability of personalized bone grafts created from a patient’s stem cells could revolutionize the way we treat bone disorders that can cause joints to deteriorate. Her technique in creating the jawbone was inspired by the body’s own processes.


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