UI Stem Cell Research Could Help Our Muscles Recover

UI Stem Cell Research Could Help Our Muscles Recover

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 MSC’s, 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 number one 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

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

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

‘Mortdecai,’ ‘American Ultra’ among the year’s biggest box office flops


The list of this year's most disappointing box office performers is out.

in Music

Unsolved: 6 rockers and rappers whose deaths remain a mystery


These six unsolved deaths bring the ugly underbelly of the music industry to the surface. We pair each artist with their swan song hit.

in Entertainment

WATCH: 7 fun facts to make you think this Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a time of coming together with family and friends. In between bites of stuffing and pumpkin pie, snack on these unusual Turkey Day facts.