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UC Davis finds positive results for treating tendon and ligament injuries
June 1 Davis, California ~At the University of California at Davis Veterinary Research Center, equine injuries which may have previously been career ending may be reversed by regenerative medicine. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is being used successfully in the treatment of tendon and ligament issues. The functional Molecular Biology Laboratory is developing methods to create engineered ligaments created from adult stem cells isolated from bone marrow, skin, muscle or ligament and calcium phosphate cements. Together with large animal veterinarians, experiments are being conducted to see how well these ligaments work in the body of a living animal. It is hoped that this collaboration will lead to the development of ligaments that can be used to repair joints in both humans and animals.