Scientists at the Stem Cell Research Institute in Milan, claim they’ve been able to regenerate muscles, treating a mouse as a model, using human adult stem cells.

The work has been published online in the Nature Cell Biology.

Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary and debilitating disease. The most common and severe form, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, affects one in 3,500 boys.

Scientists working on a cure at the Stem Cell Research Institute in Italy have been exploring the regeneration potential of stem cells isolated from blood vessels.

And now they claim to have found a way to regenerate muscles in a mouse model of muscular dystrophy using human adult stem cells.

According to Giulio Cossu, director of the institute, the major finding is the identification of a subset of parasite able to repair dystrophic muscle in an immunodeficient dystrophic mouse, and thus it raises new hope for treating muscular dystrophy using patient’s own cells.

Dr Robert Kapsa Senior Research Scientist with the National Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre in Melbourne welcomed the research findings from the Italian research team.