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Fracture Putty Can Heal a Broken Bone In Days

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the silly-putty-not-as-effective dept.

Biotech 236

An anonymous reader writes "If we break a bone it can take weeks or even month to heal depending on the type and severity of the break. In some extreme cases the complexity of the fracture can make it impossible to heal properly. Researchers at the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center have come up with a new solution for healing broken bones that cuts recovery time to days. It relies on the use of stem cells that contain a bone generating protein. These cells are injected in gel form directly into the area of the broken bone, where they quickly get to work forming new bone. The end result is very rapid recovery, possibly sidestepping the muscle atrophy that can come with long bone healing times. The gel has been proven to work on animals as big as a sheep and has funding from the DoD. Lets hope it is proven to work on humans in the coming years."

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How "silly" is it, though? (5, Funny)

advtech (176011) | more than 2 years ago | (#38959863)

Can this putty pick up the comics section from the local newspaper as it heals your bones? If not, I'm out.

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959927)

I don't get it...

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959963)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silly_Putty

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (5, Insightful)

assertation (1255714) | more than 2 years ago | (#38959931)

I think you probably stumped some of the younger slashdotters with that joke.

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (5, Insightful)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960243)

Can this putty pick up the comics section from the local newspaper as it heals your bones? If not, I'm out.

I think you probably stumped some of the younger slashdotters with that joke.

yeah, wot's a "newspaper" ?!!!

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960797)

It appears to be some combination of the word "news" and the word "paper". I'm confuzzled however, what is "paper"?

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (3, Funny)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960829)

It's like a flexible ipad.

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960737)

I'm embarrassed to say that I got it.

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (0)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 2 years ago | (#38959933)

You're missing the important implications of this. Can't we just coat our bones in this stuff, and simply bounce off of anything now?

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959935)

I don't know about comics, but it may be able to help a broken humerus.

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (4, Funny)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960161)

Given that it's been successful in tests on sheep...My assumption was the next step would be treating 'baaaaaaaad baaaaaaaacks'

Black Sheep (1)

linatux (63153) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960495)

Peter Jackson warned us about this!

sheep in the metaphorical sense... (5, Funny)

schlachter (862210) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960707)

Oh, you mean they literally tested it on sheep. They weren't referencing the people who volunteered for testing?

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959961)

What the hell is a local newspaper?

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960011)

That news site that ends with your local TLD, duh.

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (4, Funny)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960027)

Would you really want the latest "Garfield" or "Hagar the Horrible" imprinted on your ulna?

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960705)

No, I imagnine you'd prefer selections from the Ron Paul Report? Maybe some tips to get those darkies out of your neighborhood?

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (5, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960109)

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P.S. I really wish they'd do away with the filters. It really hampers the possibility for creative ASCII art and the like that actually made Slashdot pretty cool back in the day. =\

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960321)

It really hampers the possibility for creative ASCII art and the like that actually made Slashdot pretty cool back in the day. =\

ASCII art is never cool. It's actually the opposite of cool.

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (4, Insightful)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960475)

says the anon who sadly didn't post creative ascii art.

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (5, Funny)

Hillgiant (916436) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960519)

It really hampers the possibility for creative ASCII art and the like that actually made Slashdot pretty cool back in the day. =\

And my "creative ASCII art", he means "penises".

Re:How "silly" is it, though? (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960683)

No, it was goatse.cx from the original shock website. ASCII art example below.

http://goatse.ch/ [goatse.ch]

I've been a slashdot member for about 14 years now. I remember the days.

AAAGH. (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960641)

Ugh. Not "silly" enough to fix your funny bone. ;^)

In other news... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959917)

People creating "jackass" type TV shows and youtube videos are up %1000

Sheep (3, Funny)

ChrisMaple (607946) | more than 2 years ago | (#38959943)

I'd steer clear of anyone involved in bones and sheep.

Re:Sheep (4, Funny)

Ronin Developer (67677) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960001)

I think you mean "boning sheep".

Re:Sheep (2)

Stargoat (658863) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960325)

STEER clear of sheep!?!? Wocka wocka wocka!

They still have to be your own cells, right? (5, Interesting)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | more than 2 years ago | (#38959945)

It'd be a bummer if you don't have a large supply of your own stem cells in your home fridge, or else this wouldn't work, or am I misinformed and you can use other peoples stem cells for this?

Re:They still have to be your own cells, right? (3, Informative)

Ronin Developer (67677) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960029)

Said it was developed from stem cells - but, it is a gell containing a bone generating protein.

Re:They still have to be your own cells, right? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960053)

I had my ankle fused recently and part of the procedure was some kind of putty that they infused with a small sample of marrow they scraped from right below my knee. My recovery was about a month, but it worked remarkably well. I am not sure how that compares to the procedure in this article, but it is not hard to harvest the needed stem cells from the patient themselves.

Re:They still have to be your own cells, right? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960315)

You can always grind up a few aborted fetuses, their stem cells are plenipotentiary.

Re:They still have to be your own cells, right? (4, Informative)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960427)

You have a decent supply of stem cells that should work just fine, right in your body.

Here we go... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959957)

The question we're all afraid to ask:

What happens if I rub this stuff on my penis?

Re:Here we go... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960115)

Depends how fast and hard you rub

Re:Here we go... (4, Funny)

schlachter (862210) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960721)

boner

Re:Here we go... (2)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960763)

Ever heard of a bacculum?.....

Here's a hint.. the bone forms through ossification of a portion of the corpus cavernosum.

Another hint: humans are one of the few (only?) Primates to lack them.

(Granted, you would probably have to inject the stuff for that to happen.... and I doubt it would be controlled.)

Could not be fun beeing the sheep. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959967)

Not that many naturally occurring bone fracture in sheep that could be used for testing.

care to take a guess how they "found" the sheep's with broken bones ?

Re:Could not be fun beeing the sheep. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960023)

No need to guess. They break the sheeps' legs. This is why animal testing exists.

Re:Could not be fun beeing the sheep. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960343)

So what? Sheep are not conscious. Life does not equal consciousness.

No consciousness = no ability to suffer or to have emotions. They don't feel pain, their nervous system just processes the information that it is wounded the same way your laptop processes the fact that it's battery is empty or that it's keyboard has been amputated... I mean unplugged.
They respond to wounds and injuries, but they don't interpret any of it as pain without consciousness. And no evidence shows sheep are conscious (unlike other animals).

Re:Could not be fun beeing the sheep. (1)

Effugas (2378) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960559)

You realize this is completely unscientific garbage, right? None of http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/25/01/2011/125212/Handle-with-care.htm makes sense outside of a conscious entity.

Endorsed by Evel Knievel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959981)

He would have made a great pitch man for this stuff.

NOW they develop this... (4, Interesting)

Ronin Developer (67677) | more than 2 years ago | (#38959983)

I just spent six weeks in a cast after breaking my right arm Christmas Night (no...no rogue or drunk reindeer involved). There is now a titanium plate and six screws in my arm. My other wrist is broken also (yes...I fell and had a hell of hard time getting up). Now, I have to endure painful PT to regain full use of my arm again and have a 5 inch scar too (no...it is NOT cool).

How I would have loved to have this stuff injected into the fractures and have it immobilized for a few days while it took action and fuzed the bones. I do hope this comes to fruition...cool stuff. Who said war wasn't useful?

Re:NOW they develop this... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960089)

Sorry, the technology uses stem cells. Religious people hate stem cells because they will soon mean eternal life and make their beliefs (more) redundant. For this reason, the development will be blocked. So sad.

Re:NOW they develop this... (5, Insightful)

jdastrup (1075795) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960175)

I consider myself religious and do not hate stem cells. In fact, I support stem cell research. "People that are against stem cell research" have been trying to block this, not religious people. Yes, as with everything, there is some overlap. But many religious people own toasters. Does that mean all religious people like toast?

Re:NOW they develop this... (1)

cmr-denver (1315039) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960711)

Yes, if it has an image of [insert holy figure here]> magically appearing on it! Likewise for grilled cheese [bbc.co.uk]

Re:NOW they develop this... (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960769)

But many religious people own toasters. Does that mean all religious people like toast?

Depends. Is this [burntimpressions.com] the toaster in question?

Re:NOW they develop this... (1)

Stormthirst (66538) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960845)

I've been trying to find some stats on atheists who object to stem cell research - but I can't find many. What I have found are a number of atheist and Christian forum type sites which discuss stem cell research (among other things). Overwhelmingly, the atheists support stem cell research - in the region of 95% - 98%. The reverse is true of Christians (I don't have time to do much research into other religions, but as that's the vast majority of American religious types, I'll stick with that). There seems to be much more of a balance - in the region of 50% for/against. (By research, I mean a casual 20 minutes of reading various sites to get sense of what people are saying - no actual data collected).

As a generalisation, when someone says "stem cell" the lay person will think of the cells harvested from a foetus. And that's where (particularly the right wing/conservative) religious types get their panties in a twist because "obviously" in order to get foetus' you have to do abortions*. There are far more pro-choice atheists than there anti-abortionists, and the reverse is true.

So when you talk about overlap, I would say there is a significant overlap - and that you are probably not in the majority.

Very few people think of stem cells as being from an adult. I certainly didn't until recently.

* This is of course complete bollocks - there are plenty of stem cells in the placenta and umbilical cord which are 'born' right after the baby. Harvest the cells from there after the kid is born!

But many religious people own toasters. Does that mean all religious people like toast?

Correlation != Causation. I'm sure 99% of murderers each some kind of bread product within 24 hours of committing murder, but I don't think they are going to ban bread any time soon.

Re:NOW they develop this... (5, Informative)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960347)

The religious people you refer to are against embryonic stem cells being used because the embryos are destroyed. Those same people are perfectly fine with the use of adult stem cells.

Re:NOW they develop this... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960493)

Which is odd when you think of it because most of those same people were for sending very mature embryos to get slaughtered in a hostile environment - namely Iraq. I guess it's a matter of perspective.

Re:NOW they develop this... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960601)

Not that odd. Soldiers have (ostensibly) a choice. Fetuses (which are viewed as living humans by those against abortion and against embryonic stem cell use) are not given the choice. Fight the belief that a fetus is a living human being if you want to fight those against abortions and embryonic stem cell research. So long as you enter the debate assuming (rather than proving) that a fetus is not a living human being you cannot possibly win them over because your whole argument is a non-sequitur to the other side.

Re:NOW they develop this... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960681)

Whats REALLY odd is liberals are fine killing unborn kids, but the second you suggest the death penality for a mass murderer they scream like a stuck pig.

Re:NOW they develop this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960367)

No, some religious folk have a problem with embryonic stem cells because they are basically the product of abortion. There are other stem cells about which there would be no objections.

Re:NOW they develop this... (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960113)

. I do hope this comes to fruition...cool stuff. Who said war wasn't useful?

Take all the money we spend on wars and spend it on R&D. We'll get a lot more cool stuff a lot faster. War is not useful. It's good for absolutely nothing.

Re:NOW they develop this... (5, Funny)

Intropy (2009018) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960149)

Good God, y'all.

Re:NOW they develop this... (5, Funny)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960193)

War is not useful. It's good for absolutely nothing.

No..it always has the minimum benefit of teaching Americans geography.

Re:NOW they develop this... (4, Interesting)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960697)

No it doesn't, they just remember the names of places. The Chaser did a bit where they took a map and rewrote it so that Australia was labelled as either Iran or North Korea, then showed that map to Americans and asked them to located them. They just saw the name, and pointed at it saying "there it is!"

Re:NOW they develop this... (5, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960233)

Take all the money we spend on wars and spend it on R&D. We'll get a lot more cool stuff a lot faster. War is not useful. It's good for absolutely nothing.

If the money not spent on war were spent instead on R&D, this would be true -- cut the DoD budget in half and give the money to NIH and NSF, and we'd have a boom in science and technology like none the world has ever seen. But politics doesn't work that way. The military wastes a hell of a lot of money, no question about it. It also spend a lot of money on very worthwhile research, and like it or not, it's easier to get Congress to appropriate that money for wounded soldiers. Who, regardless of your opinion on the way in which they were injured, deserve to have their wounds cared for as well as possible by the same government that sent them out to get injured in the first place.

In the specific area of trauma care, the simple fact is that most of modern emergency and orthopedic medicine is an outgrowth of military medicine. Like it or not, next time you call 911, you'll have a much better chance of survival because of generations of work directed toward keeping wounded soldiers alive.

Re:NOW they develop this... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960303)

To put that into terms that much of the Slashdot community can understand (not quite a car anology, not sure how to make one for this):

The US Armed Forces are the beta testers of a whole lot of R&D, much of which wouldn't be progressing as quickly otherwise due to lack of participants.

Would that make them test-drivers of new car models? As above, I'm not so good at the car anologies.

Re:NOW they develop this... (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960479)

Actually, I think that's a pretty good almost-car analogy.

Re:NOW they develop this... (4, Interesting)

idontgno (624372) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960821)

With the interesting side effect of calling most members of the armed forces crash test dummies.

I'm a veteran, and I have used VA medical care. I have to confess that this analogy works very well from that perspective.

Re:NOW they develop this... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960503)

The waste comes from the politicians and bureaucrats. The military spends what they are told to spend ON what they are told to spend it on. Civilians have the final authority.

Re:NOW they develop this... (5, Insightful)

thestudio_bob (894258) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960407)

War is not useful. It's good for absolutely nothing.

I don't know, they had some pretty solid hits ("Low Rider", "Spill the Wine", "The Cisco Kid" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?") and seem to have a fairly decent following. Just because you don't like American Funk, doesn't mean someone else doesn't.

Re:NOW they develop this... (1)

evil_aaronm (671521) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960245)

I hear ya. I could've used this stuff 30+ years ago, when breaking bones was almost a monthly thing. Then again, I might've done even dumber things.

Re:NOW they develop this... (4, Insightful)

Nyder (754090) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960337)

... Who said war wasn't useful?

Family members of the dead.

Re:NOW they develop this... (1)

jbb999 (758019) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960553)

I broke my arm and dislocated my elbow in november. Looks like I'll make a complete recovery but it's quite painful and annoying.

However the break isn't the problem, the plate and screws fix that. The problem is the dislocated elbow and the tissue damage and damage to tendons, muscles etc. That's what it takes time to recover from and I doubt that this will help with that part...

Still sounds cool though !

Re:NOW they develop this... (4, Interesting)

timeOday (582209) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960717)

If I were an injured soldier, I might want a break. Perhaps athletes will be among the first adopters. If you want to find people who are often injured, and to whom recovery might be worth tens of thousands of dollars per day, look to the NFL.

Re:NOW they develop this... (2)

N3Bruce (154308) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960733)

Amen Brother!!

I really wish this discussion would take a more serious tone than boning sheep!

I was involved in a serious car accident last May (I was the front seat passenger and the other driver was at fault), and which resulted in a compound fracture of my Tibia and Fibula. I spent 2 weeks in a trauma center followed by 3 weeks in a rehabilitation hospital, followed by months of physical therapy, and now wound care (the force of the impact ripped the front of my leg open). My most recent X-rays show incomplete healing of the Fibula, even after 8 months. While poor circulation in my legs is part of the reason I am slow to heal, even under the best of circumstances a fracture like this will result in several months of disability. Electrical stimulation is probably the next step, but orthopedic medicine in its current state doesn't have much more to offer me, and I certainly don't want to go back under the knife again if I can avoid it. Here is hoping they can bring it into the mainstream soon!!

A theoretical question about height (5, Interesting)

gcnaddict (841664) | more than 2 years ago | (#38959987)

There exist treatments overseas for increasing a person's height which rely on repeatedly fracturing leg bones and spacing them such that they heal at a distance, essentially lengthening the bone.

Do we have any osteopathologists on slashdot who can comment on whether this can theoretically shorten such a procedure's duration to make someone taller in a matter of one or two weeks? The current procedure takes at least a few months, if not a year.

Re:A theoretical question about height (2)

Intropy (2009018) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960171)

I don't know anything about the topic, but I'd guess there are also limits on how quickly you can stretch out the other parts of your body like muscle, tendon, and skin.

Don't do it (0)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960369)

No matter how much you add to your height, you'll still be a nerd, which is a far more significant handicap in the dating world.

Re:Don't do it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960609)

If you are at least average height, you can do very well by: becoming fit, dressing well, and (this is BY FAR the most important part) learning how to interact correctly with women (or men, if you so prefer). With women, it's harder, because they are programmed to not want to do the third thing. Stop blaming your bad experiences on your nerdy interests.

Re:A theoretical question about height (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960595)

That would be one way to get to a 'healthy weight'.

Re:A theoretical question about height (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960765)

I'm one of those osteopathologists, and I'm here to tell you the good news that yes it can!
As a matter of fact -- up until today that used to be its sole function!!

lets - let's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38959991)

let's as in "let us" - contraction.

Adult stem cells better then fetal? (4, Informative)

fish_in_the_c (577259) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960007)

Three nice things about them:

1) They are usually harvested from the entity translated too so less problem with rejection ( is this the case here the article didn't say).
2) The have been proven to work and use in many other places.
3) No one has any moral objections to them.

So many good reasons to not even worry about fetal stem cells , but no one ever bothers to talk about that.

Re:Adult stem cells better then fetal? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960063)

No, they aren't. This is a common mantras from religious zealots that have no idea where stem cells come from and just look for an excuse to shove their belief down out throats.

Right now, Fetal Stem cells have many more advantages.

Re:Adult stem cells better then fetal? (4, Informative)

Corporate Drone (316880) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960125)

Right now, Fetal Stem cells have many more advantages.

Except that these are multipotent, not pluripotent stem cells, and therefore, we're not talking about fetal stem cells.

The sources for MSCs include "umbilical cord blood, adipose tissue, adult muscle or the dental pulp of deciduous baby teeth"... but not fetal stem cells.

Nice try, though...

Re:Adult stem cells better then fetal? (1)

derkeyaj (1293932) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960169)

Any idea what those advantages are?

Re:Adult stem cells better then fetal? (4, Informative)

drainbramage (588291) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960229)

Would it have been so hard to not be a bigot and just provide at least one source?
Perhaps 'Stem Cell Basics': http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/basics5.asp [nih.gov]
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While decrying zealots make sure you don't see one in the mirror.

Re:Adult stem cells better then fetal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960435)

Sorry, bigot is a term reserved by those decrying conservatism and religion. That, and homophobe.

Apples vs Oranges (2)

pavon (30274) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960135)

Adult stem cell are easier to control, but are not nearly as versatile as fetal stem cells. It is wrong to claim one is better than the other.

In other expirements... (1)

stevenfuzz (2510476) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960037)

The stem-cell based gel was used to create a Shakeys Pizza in just a few hours. Seriously though, as someone who has broken some bones, this is amazing.

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960117)

I have a boner already!

When for nerve injuries? (1)

glrotate (300695) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960129)

does anyone know when a similar product for nerve injuries will be released?

why can't we just inject stem cells into a nerve injury?

! Medi-gel, hello mass effect. (1)

Tyr07 (2300912) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960141)

That sounds exactly like medi-gel from mass effect, which is super awesome.

Now we just need mass effect cores and we'll be good.

large animals (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960165)

this would be great for horses. its nearly impossible to allow multi-leg fractures to heal properly with a large animal .. they usually just get put down.

Re:large animals (2)

dzelenka (630044) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960357)

this would be great for horses. its nearly impossible to allow multi-leg fractures to heal properly with a large animal .. they usually just get put down.

This is the first thing I thought of too. There's big money around horses that could move this technology along.

Re:large animals (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960509)

Exactly my thought!

Department of Defense? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960173)

"That IED sure took a chunk outta' ya', but, by golly, this gel will put it back in-ta-ya! NOW GET BACK IN THE WAR, SOLDIER!!!"

Other bone glue (2)

Rexel99 (613029) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960191)

There is also a product called 'kryptonite' which is often used for chest surgery which is like a compound glue that sets within 24 hours. Very much improved my heart surgery healing time but I also wish they used it on my knee to improve that repair time.

That's similar: (3, Informative)

no-body (127863) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960195)

Using stem cells for skin healing:

http://www.thatvideosite.com/video/the_skin_gun [thatvideosite.com]

Re:That's similar: (1)

c++0xFF (1758032) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960415)

Perfect for compound fractures, then. Heals both the skin and the bone.

veterinary applications (3, Interesting)

TBedsaul (95979) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960247)

Seems to me this would be a great benefit to veterinarians. The hardest part of treating a fracture in an animal is getting the patient to stay still while they recuperate. Would be a lot easier to do that for a couple of days vs. several weeks. Racehorses might be able to live with injuries that result in euthanasia now.

Get back to me... (2)

captain_nifty (132748) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960261)

when they figure out a way to use this to make me some artificial bone wolverine like claws.

Anyone else think of Harry Potter? (1)

BitterOak (537666) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960285)

Is this anything like Skele-Gro? I understand it's very painful. "Regrowing bones is a nasty business," according to Madam Pomfrey.

not sure (4, Funny)

no-body (127863) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960351)

what bone fracture has to do with ssh....
anyway - weird things exist nowadays

If god had intended (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38960511)

Bones to heal quickly, then HE would have made us that way. Stem cells kill babies and god hates that.

Sports impact (1)

lp60068 (727840) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960531)

This could have a big impact in the sports world. I wonder if Peyton Manning could have played in 2011 if he had access to this type of treatment.

PuTTY (4, Funny)

gnurfed (1051140) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960567)

Is there ANYTHING a telnet/SSH client CAN'T do? :p

Re:PuTTY (1)

zm (257549) | more than 2 years ago | (#38960729)

I think they used PuTTYGen in this case.
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