Scientists Learning To Grow Custom-Size Bone Implants

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Researchers use a bioreactor, left, to house and help cultivate material, right, that evolves into a bone.

If a lover breaks your heart, tissue engineers can’t fix it. But if sticks and stones break your bones, scientists may be able to grow custom-size replacements.  Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, has solved one of many problems on the way to successful bone implants: how to grow new bones in the anatomical shape of the original.

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