A new type of plastic someday could make fixing broken bones a snap.
Richard Oreffo, a professor of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Southamptonin England, and colleagues have created a blend of three plastics that is tough yet highly porous. This may make it an ideal “scaffold” for a broken bone – a placeholder structure that can be replaced with real bone tissue as the body heals.
The polymer “has this lovely honeycomb structure,” Oreffo said. That allows living cells to “crawl all over it. Blood vessels can penetrate it. So it’s really nice.”
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