News

U of I Research: Stem Cells Could Repair Exercised Muscles

U of I Research: Stem Cells Could Repair Exercised Muscles

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Stem cell research could lead to repairs to muscles damaged by vigorous exercise. The research, at the University of Illinois, is now being done on mice.

The mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs, are injected into the leg muscles of the mice prior to exercise. What’s standing between this point and being able to use this on humans?

“The No. 1 challenge in translating our work to humans,” says kinesiology and community health professor Marni Boppart, “is identifying a source that is readily accessible … from tissue that we may not necessarily depend on – primarily adipose tissue or fat tissue.”

The stem cells in question are from adults, not embryos, and naturally occur in the body.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Judge refuses to dismiss ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit

pharrell

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have failed to convince a judge to dismiss a copyright lawsuit.

in Entertainment

Oprah, Neil Patrick Harris among year’s most ‘fascinating’

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2009 file photo shows host Neil Patrick Harris during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Harris will host the Emmys again. CBS will air the Emmycast live from Los Angeles on Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

Barbara Walters is back with her annual TV special.

in Music

Jodeci reunites for first time since ’06

jodeci

The R&B group will perform at the Soul Train Awards, the first performance in the U.S. since 2006.

in Entertainment

Toys ‘R’ Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls after protest

breaking

If a Walter White action figure was on your Christmas list, it just got more difficult to find.

in Entertainment

Renee Zellweger: Furor over ‘peaceful’ face is ‘silly’

zellweger

The "Bridget Jones's Diary" star says her "new face" is a result of a massive lifestyle change.