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Regenerating orthopedic tissues within the human body
February 18, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A team of Duke University biomedical engineers has developed a polymer scaffold for growing cartilage that includes gene therapy vectors to induce stem cells to produce the growth factors they need. The new technique--biomaterial-mediated gene delivery--is shown to produce cartilage at least as good biochemically and biomechanically as if the growth factors were introduced in the laboratory.Full Story
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