A tremendously significant 5-year, $1.6 million project will examine how osteocytes, the cells inside bones, interact with cell on the surface of the bone to signal the building or removal of bones.
This delicate balance is crucial to understanding osteoporosis, which occurs when too much bone has been lost and left the skeleton brittle and vulnerable to fracture.
The University of Delaware team, lead by Liyun Wang, even hopes to see inside living bone of a mouse to better understand how nutrient molecules are transferred. For more on this, check out http://www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2008/nov/osteoporosis111507.html
Published On: November 20, 2007