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Gel Plumps Up Spine’s Shock Absorbers, Duke University Study


7/17/2013 5:43:37 AM

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A new biomaterial that changes from a liquid to a gel after injection may stop or reverse the degeneration of spinal discs, researchers say. The health conditions affect thousands of Americans. To use cell therapies, however, scientists have to keep the cells alive, synthesize the appropriate replacement material, and get it to the right place in a patient’s spine. With newly made biomaterials from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, that goal could be closer.

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