|What if we could create custom bone implants that would trigger their own replacement with real bone? Jakus and colleagues have done just this with a promising biomaterial that can be 3D-printed into many shapes and easily deployed in the operating room. Made mainly of hydroxyapatite and either polycaprolactone or poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), this “hyperelastic bone” can be 3D-printed at up to 275 cm3/hour, the authors report.
||Science Translational Medicine 28 Sep 2016: Vol. 8, Issue 358, pp. 358ra127, DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf7704