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May 9th, 2006

Nanotechnology May Help Grow Replacement Bone

Perhaps the ideal solution, says Laura Zanello, an assistant biochemistry professor at the University of California in Riverside, would be a substitute bone fragment that matched the gap and the patient perfectly. Her group has developed a system in which bone cells grow onto scaffolds built of carbon nanotubes, which are extraordinarily strong and stiff structures usually no more than a few nanometers in diameter. Currently the group is using bone cells from lab rats.


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