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Bonelike polymer supports stem cells

8:32pm, December 13, 2004

From Boston, at a meeting of the Materials Research Society

Growing stem cells on polymer scaffolds could be an effective strategy for manufacturing replacement tissues—a piece of bone to repair a defect or a fracture, for instance (SN: 3/6/04, p. 155: Available to subscribers at Body Builders). However, keeping the cells alive on the scaffold long enough to differentiate into specific cell types and to form new tissue remains a challenge.

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