Implantable bio-patch grows bone where it’s needed.
Help could be on the way for people who don’t have enough bone to support dental implants, who are missing bone due to a birth defect, or who have suffered bone-damaging injuries. Scientists at the University of Iowa have created an implantable collagen patch seeded with particles containing synthetic DNA, that instructs the patient’s own cells to produce the protein that leads to bone growth.
The plasmid is said to be unlikely to cause an immune response, and should be relatively easy to produce in large amounts.
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