Charles River Senior Scientific Director Susan Y. Smith discussed the skeleton’s function in human physiology in Emerging Insights into the Role of the Skeleton, featured in a recent edition of GEN. “We lose weight: we lose bone; we build muscle: we build bone; we become diabetic: bones become fragile,” wrote Smith. “Bone fragility and treating the consequences of fracture is a major public health concern costing millions of annual tax dollars, underscoring the need to ensure that nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals are safe or beneficial for the skeleton.”

To learn more about Susan’s research, visit her Eureka blog discussing novel functions of the skeleton here: The Skeleton: A Regulator of Energy Metabolism?

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