Scientists turn waste from the seas into biomaterial for bone repair

A porous biomaterial containing the same compounds that predominate in bones works as a building block

framework for bone-forming cells. It attaches to the material and multiplies, which leads to the formation of new bone.

In laboratory experiments, SingaporeanThe NTU team found that bone-forming cells seeded on the biomaterial successfully attached and began to multiply, which is a sign of growth. They also found that the risk of the biomaterial triggering an inflammatory response was virtually nil.

Material can be used for regenerationbone loss as a result of illness or injury, such as defects in the jaw after trauma or cancer surgery. It can also promote bone growth around surgical implants, such as dental implants.

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The research team has issued patents forapplication of biomaterial for wound healing and bone tissue engineering. The group is now evaluating the long-term safety and efficacy of the biomaterial as a dental product. Scientists want to make the production chain completely waste-free.

During laboratory experiments, they foundthat the number of cells has increased significantly. After a week, the cells were evenly distributed - this is an indicator that the material can promote proper cellular activity and ultimately lead to tissue formation.

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