Repairing repair

Hedgehog proteins could boost bone healing in diabetes patients

A Stanford team has figured out one reason diabetics have impaired bone healing, and devised a method of boosting skeletal stem cell expansion to correct the complication. The January study in Science Translational Medicine builds on the team’s 2015 discovery of skeletal stem cells in mice that respond to bone fractures by dividing to promote repair.

Based on the earlier findings, team leader Michael Longaker told BioCentury

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