Stem cell therapy may be controversial in human medicine but in the world of horse racing it is becoming the odds-on favorite for tackling tendon damage, which accounts for one in three racecourse injuries.
Soon the same technology could be applied to humans.
Smith, who is professor of equine orthopedics at the Royal Veterinary College north of London, believes there is every chance his pioneering technique to get horses back on form will work in human athletes too.
Before you get all screamy on me: the RVC is using cells harvested from bone marrow, not fetal cells, so if this works in humans it can sidestep a great many ethical and political issues. Having said that, I’m sure some jobsworth will find a reason to obstruct it…