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Can you re-grow a broken bone? That’s what these university researchers are doing

Can you re-grow a broken bone? That's what these university researchers are doing

Written by David

January 14, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. — Researchers at the University of Arizona believe they’ve found a new way to re-grow broken bones. With a recent $2.2 million grant from the Department of Defense, they hope to use the development to help injured veterans. 3D printing has been around for decades, but inside a lab at the UA, the technology is being used in a new way. Scientists are 3D printing plastic bone-shaped objects, called scaffolds, that are created to replace broken bone segments. John Szievek, professor of orthopedic surgery, says the scaffolds are used with stem cells to re-grow bones. The development can benefit people who are badly injured, such as members of the military, cancer patients and car crash victims, he says. “If we could re-grow those segments for those people, for those patients, instead of them getting an amputation, it would be very, very valuable,” Szievek said. The entire process […]

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