Evidence to Demonstrate that Cartilage Tissue Does Not Renew

Researchers have provided solid evidence to demonstrate that cartilage tissue does not renew itself in any meaningful way over the course of a life span. This implies that finding and encouraging existing tissue maintenance processes may not be a particularly useful strategy in regenerative medicine for cartilage – unlike the case for a number of other less regenerative tissues, where such maintenance exists, just at a very low level. These results suggest that engineering of new tissue sections, either in situ or for transplantation, will likely be a more important component of regenerative medicine for cartilage going forward into the near future. Using radiocarbon dating as a forensic tool, researchers have found that human cartilage rarely renews in adulthood, suggesting that joint diseases may be … Continue reading Evidence to Demonstrate that Cartilage Tissue Does Not Renew