Scientists design molecules that mimic nanostructure of bone

According to a press release, scientists at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois report they have been able to create nanoscale fibers that encourage mineral crystal growth and self-assemble into a matrix that resembles real bone. According to the researchers, the designer molecules hold promise for the development of a bonelike material to be used for bone fractures or in the treatment of bone cancer patients and have implications for the regeneration of other tissues and organs. Their research was reported in the 23 November 2001 issue of Science. Additional coverage is available in an item on the Nature Science Update website.

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