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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For Sale: Beethoven’s Skull

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Beethoven’s Skull
In reference to the book Cranioklepty by Colin Dickey, Keith Thomson writes at The Huffington Post about the hobby of skull collecting. Among the most famous skulls held in collections might be that of the composer Ludwig Von Beethoven:

The seller is California businessman Paul Kaufmann, who first became aware that his family possessed the item in 1990. While searching among his late mother’s possessions, he happened on an ancient, pear-shaped box labeled “Beethoven.”

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Australian Scientists Reveal Breakthrough In ‘Floppy Baby’ Syndrome

Australian Scientists Reveal Breakthrough In ‘Floppy Baby’ Syndrome

A world-first discovery in a ‘floppy baby’ syndrome

In a world first, West Australian scientists have cured mice of a devastating muscle disease that causes a Floppy Baby Syndrome – a breakthrough that could ultimately help thousands of families across the globe.

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