Development of silk-based screws for fracture fixation

Source:  Nature Communications 4 March 2014, 5 (3385)

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Date of publication:  4 March 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Metallic based fixation devices have a number of disadvantages.  Devices based on pure silk have been developed.  These have been tried in rodents and in vitro and show a lot of promise, including the ability to ‘melt away’ once the fracture is repaired.  Further work is continuing in larger animals.

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Acknowledgement: Medical News Today


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