New biomaterial may repair damaged bone – cutting edge research
A technology that combines nanoparticles and a collagen-based biomaterial called a scaffold can be surgically implanted to encourage bone tissue repair while lowering the risk of inflammation.
Reporting their findings in Acta Biomaterialia, the team involved explains that the new material allows the delivery of a microRNA silencer, a molecule that influences the way our cells function.
“The results of our research are a promising step towards improving health outcomes for patients with fractures that fail to repair naturally or have degenerative bone diseases such as osteoporosis,” says Dr Caroline Curtin, one of the researchers involved.
As well as bone repair, it is hoped that in the future the biomaterial system can be used in repairing joints such as the knee and hip.
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