posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 12:26 PM
New Zealand researcher, Dr George Dias at Otago University, has cultivated a material based on keratin that looks to replace methods currently used in
bone surgery. Keratin is a protein that makes up fingernails and hair, as well as 95% of wool. Previous methods included transferring of bone chips
from other parts of the body and the use of synthetics such as titanium. Both had their limitations in use that may be overcome with this new keratin
WELLINGTON, Jan. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A medical breakthrough has been made by New Zealand researchers who have created a material based on keratin -- a
protein extracted from wool -- that looks set to revolutionize bone surgery, Sunday Star-Times reported Sunday.
Bones damaged by trauma or tumors are currently repaired using bone chips harvested from elsewhere in the body -- a process that causes its own
complications -- or using synthetics such as titanium, which do not promote bone recovery.
The new material is strong enough to form a structural repair, but is gradually absorbed by the body and encourages fresh bone togrow back.
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It never ceases to amaze me the wonders we as humans are capable of. New Zealand researchers have essentially found a way to "toughen" up hair. I
don't see any reason for an expansion on this research to not include viable alternatives to some consumer goods as well - maybe replace plastic in
some cases as we are getting to the point where we may need to address such a possibility. The sky's the limit and though I may be a bit
overambitious in potential applications, it just goes to show you the ingenuity of mankind.