Researchers at Virginia Tech are developing a type of regenerative medicine using stem cells to heal horses and dogs. Their focus has been in engineering stronger ligaments that are less likely to be susceptible to injuries.
When horses suffer leg injuries, especially involving torn ligaments or tendons, they are usually career-ending. Being able to heal these types of injuries in horses would give many of them a new lease on life and a second chance to continue competing in their equine discipline.
This research is not only helping animals, but also holds promise for soldiers as well. Regenerative medicine could prove to be extremely helpful in treating traumatic injuries, spinal cord, and brain injuries. Stem cells could be the key to helping horses and soldiers walk, run, and jump again.