Nanomaterial Shows Promise For Bone Regeneration

The restoration of skeletal function remains an important challenge in a wide range of fields including orthopedics, neurosurgery, and dentistry. Over two million bone graft procedures are performed annually, with five hundred thousand in the United States alone. Despite advances in bone regeneration over the last twenty years, there is a need for a new material that encourages natural replacement without the addition of living cells and other growth factors. The new material must also include biodegradable properties so the body can heal and restore itself in order to limit post-surgical complications. Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently described in  a new material that may prove to be effective for bone repair that requires either added cells or growth factors.

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