Stem cells in petri dishes
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'Kicking' stem cells help for spinal injury patients

A Scottish research team has unveiled a technique which could help patients with spinal injuries to grow new bone.

"Nanokicking" turns stem cells into bone by vibrating them by billionths of a metre, 1,000 times a second.

The team spans three universities, bringing together techniques from cell biology, medicine and astrophysics.

BBC Scotland's science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald has been taking a closer look.