Sunday, June 1, 2014

Boning Up on Sticky Stuff

In a very cool, major development, medical researchers at Rice University have developed a gel that can be pinpoint located in the body for specific bone growth applications.  From a fascinating article at Gizmodo:
The body is expert at re-growing bone, but it doesn't always manage to get the right shape. Now, a team from Rice University has developed a hydrogel that could let clinicians grow bone right where they need to.
The researchers have created a hydrogel that's liquid at room temperature but stiffens to a semi-solid at body temperature. Unlike other gels, it maintains its original size when it stiffens, providing a predictably sized scaffold on which bone could grow.
There's more at this link, including a short video detailing the process.  Kudos to the researchers at Rice!