Redepenning Discovers Synthetic Bone Replacement

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Author
10/25/2012 Added
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Dr. Jody Redepenning has discovered a one-step process that creates synthetic bone. The new discovery involves a monomer, L-lactide, which is made in Nebraska from the ethanol refining process and when heated, becomes as hard as bone. That finding can lead to a biocomposite that could be used as a bone replacement, a screw, or other orthopedic appliances or hard-tissue replacements. The process has been patented.

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