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Wood-Based Bone Implants Developed In Italy

Italian scientists are currently developing wood-based bone implants for animals and humans that may assist neighboring bones to heal quicker and with...

Jim Moscater
Jim Moscater on August 10, 2009.

Italian scientists are currently developing wood-based bone implants for animals and humans that may assist neighboring bones to heal quicker and with more support than the artificial ones available today, which are often made from metal and ceramic materials.

Wood appears to be a reliable substitute because of its close resemblance to the physical makeup of real bone. There is also the common problem of metal/ceramic implants contributing to complications in the healing process of the surrounding bones. Wood has the ability to do what materials such as titanium can’t- meld with living tissue.

This new method has not yet been cleared for use in humans, and is currently being tested on sheep.

[via Discovery News]

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