Study: Stem Cells Could Fight Muscular Dystrophy

Researchers: Stem Cells May Stop Muscle Loss

by Blake Clancy, CBS Atlanta Producer
POSTED: 7:11 am EST November 11, 2010
UPDATED: 7:25 am EST November 11, 2010

ATLANTA -- Stem cells could be the next weapon against muscular dystrophy, according to researchers at the University of Colorado.

Scientists were able to stop the loss of muscle mass and function after transplanting specific stem cells into the legs of mice.

According to the research, the stem cells repaired the injury within days and caused the muscle to double in mass.

Researchers said this discovery could lead to potential treatments for chronic degenerative muscle diseases.