Tufts University and the University of Sydney Develop Synthetic Joint Tissue

Biphasic-scaffoldResearchers from Tufts University and the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Unit at the University of Sydney have developed a synthetic material that may end up being used to replace joint tissue damaged by injury or disease. The material is made using bioactive ceramics and silk fibroin. The synthetic material is both porous and weight-bearing, mimicking the osteochondral tissue naturally found in joints. Additionally, the ceramic and silk allow stem cells a scaffold to begin regrowth, while the synthetic material naturally biodegrades over time, allowing for bone and cartilage to fill in the space.

(Source: medGadget)

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