Stem cell therapy to treat a chimp’s torn ACL may prove beneficial for humans

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Veterinarians hope a new medical procedure can treat a 25-year-old chimpanzee with a torn ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, at the “Save the Chimps” in Florida. The procedure involves injecting the chimp with her own stem cells. “With chimps we don’t want to do a lot of surgical work, put hardware in their knee, they tend to pull out that sort of thing,” said Veterinarian Linda Gregard, M.D. Dr. Darrell Nazareth with the Florida Veterinary League has been using stem cells to treat dogs with arthritis for the past two years, but this is his first chimp.

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