Plant cellulose can pave the way for healthy bone implants

03/19/2019

Image: Aerogel Bone Implants - looks like two cotton pads in a glas; Copyright: Clare Kiernan, UBC

Researchers treated nanocrystals derived from plant cellulose so that they can link up and form a strong but lightweight sponge (an aerogel) that can compress or expand as needed to completely fill out a bone cavity.

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Image: plastic bone at COMPAMED; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf