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Stem cells, the cure for hobbled horses?

Nostrils flaring, ears pricked, Solid Gold shifted nervously as the vet stroked his injured foreleg. The three-year-old racehorse had no way of knowing this injection would save his career, not end it.
None | By Reuters, Singapore
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2006 11:52 AM IST

Nostrils flaring, ears pricked, Solid Gold shifted nervously as the vet stroked his injured foreleg. The three-year-old racehorse had no way of knowing this injection would save his career, not end it.

While debate rages over the ethics of stem cell research for humans, a Singaporean firm has given racehorse owners a new weapon against career-threatening tendon and ligament injuries.

After harvesting bone marrow from the horse's sternum, EZ Stemcell separates multi-potential stem cells, which are then injected directly into the injured tendon.

This cutting-edge technology will not only revolutionise the way injured horses are treated, says Dr Omie Rangabashyam, but two-legged patients could one day be treated in a similar fashion.

“Without stem cell therapy, the horse would have rested for a year, raced again and the tendon would have probably tore again,” said Rangabashyam.

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