Gallery: Scientists Turn Wood Into Bones


Doctors and scientists have long been using metals to replace broken bones, but new research from scientists in Italy shows that wood can be transformed into a more effective material that is very similar to human bone. Wood was chosen as a starting point because it already closely resembles the structure of bone, and after 10 days under pressure and heat in a furnace, it becomes a chalky porous material with bone-like properties. This could be a huge leap forward for people suffering from bone loss or traumatic injuries, and what’s even better, it all comes from a natural material – wood!

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1 Comment

  1. RosettaWildthorne January 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

    LOL! This is why we need to use other materials for architecture and building design 😀

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