New Bone-Setting Glue Inspired By Sandcastle Worms

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A scanning electron microscope image of two glass beads cemented together by a sandcastle worm and removed from the worm’s tube(inset).  Closeup connection using worm’s glue (large picture).

Shattered bones pose a difficult problem for surgeons, who currently must use tiny screws and plates to hold fragments in place long enough for the break to heal. But a new glue, which has the sticking power to adhere to bone, could one day help orthopedic surgeons fix difficult breaks, researchers announced today at the American Chemical Society conference in Washington, DC.

 

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New Biomaterial Could Help In Knee Cartilage Repair

New Biomaterial Could Help In Knee Cartilage Repair 

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A new biomaterial developed by Cartilix, a biotech startup based in Foster City, CA, could dramatically improve the success rate of knee-cartilage repair surgery, making the procedure more accessible to patients with bad knees. The new material, called ChonDux, consists of a polymer hydrogel that, when injected into the knee during surgery, guides the regeneration of cartilage by stimulating repair cells in the body.

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