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Bone Glue Could Heal Breaks (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Dec, 26 2004 @ 09:48 PM
With something similar to adding glue to paper, researchers in Haifa have found that fibrin and polyethylene glycol facilitate bone regeneration. The same researchers are trying to find other applications such as artificial heart muscles.
A gel material that fuses biological and synthetic substances has been found to speed bone and cartilage repair and could help heal broken bones.

Polyethylene glycol and fibrin are both approved for biomedical use, so approval for the new compound could come quickly.

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It seems that some scientific findings are so simple that one often wonders why it has only been discovered now. These researchers combined two ingredients and now we have a medical advancement. Throw in stem cells, and we might eventually see something like the scene from "Starship Troopers," where Johnny (Casper Van Dien) has his broken leg repaired in a day. Unfortunately, stem cell usage is a touchy topic.

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