Dolphin Quest enlists University of Pittsburgh specialist to develop custom scaffold for tissues repair; Liko is one lucky dolphin
Dolphin Quest training director George Biedenbach with Liko
Liko in his sling soon after his surgery and application of extracellular matrix treatment in July.
An expert team of marine mammal veterinarians, medical researchers, cosmetic surgeons and dolphin trainers recently joined forces to apply the latest advances in human regenerative medicine in an attempt to restore a bottlenose dolphins damaged dorsal fin.
The procedure on Liko, a three-year-old male dolphin at Dolphin Quest on Hawaiis Big Island, took place on July 30 and marked the first-ever marine mammal application of extracellular matrix tissue repair. Liko (pronounced Lee-ko) continues to undergo pioneering veterinary light emitting diode (LED ) therapy to stimulate tissue growth and regeneration in his injured fin.
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