Researchers have developed a method for creating artificial bone using bone stem cells and a degradable plastic material. The plastic material is implanted into broken bone and allows bone stem cells to attach to it to grow and create new bone. The plastic degrades and the new bone replaces the plastic implant. The plastic material was developed by mixing three different types of plastics.
According to researcher Richard Oreffo, "Fractures and bone loss due to trauma or disease are a significant clinical and socioeconomic problem. This collaboration between chemistry and medicine has identified unique candidate materials that support human bone stem cell growth and allow bone formation." The researchers believe that this discovery could lead to new methods for treating bone injuries.
Learn more about this study, see:
- Implants Make Light Work of Fixing Broken Bones (Science Daily)