Replacement Bones, Grown to Order in the Lab

IF a lover breaks your heart, tissue engineers can’t fix it. But if sticks and stones break your bones, scientists may be able to grow custom-size replacements.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, has solved one of many problems on the way to successful bone implants: how to grow new bones in the anatomical shape of the original.

Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic and her research team have created and nourished two small bones from scratch in their laboratory. The new bones, part of a joint at the back of the jaw, were created with human stem cells. The shape is based on digital images of undamaged bones.

via Novelties – Replacement Bones, Grown to Order in the Lab – NYTimes.com.

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3 thoughts on “Replacement Bones, Grown to Order in the Lab

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  2. LAIDE

    Thanks for this information, please how long will growing a new calcaneus take and what are the requirements, will be expecting your reply soon.

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