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Tiny bubbles, gene therapy could heal bone fractures

May 19, 2017, 7:51 AM EDT
(Source: Vet Moves.com/flickr)
(Source: Vet Moves.com/flickr)

According to a new study published in Science Translational Medicine, a team of researchers managed to heal non-union bone fractures in pigs by a combination of micro-bubbles and gene therapy, a technique that’s minimally invasive, safe and yields complete healing in short span of time.

The technique addresses a serious problem as some 100,000 people in the U.S. suffer from non-healing broken bones every year, writes Science Daily.  

Unlike traditional approaches like bone grafts or transplant, the new method is relatively painless and involves no side effects since no viral vector is introduced at the site of injury, notes The Verge.

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