Your kids may make great things out
of Play Dough, but when it comes to innovation, a team of researchers at North
Dakota State University seem to have aced it.
These researchers have developed
a special nanoscopic clay that may help regenerate human bones.
Dr Kalpana Katti and Dr Dinesh
Katti, along with a graduate student Avinash Ambre seem to have done a great
job, introducing a novel method that uses nanosized clay to make scaffolds,
which further help mineralize and regenerate bone. This 3-D mesh scaffold is
made up of degradable materials which are closely related and compatible to
human body tissues.
It also acts as a framework,
which helps assist the bone in its regeneration. What's more is that this
scaffolding is completely harmless, and eventually degrades and gets absorbed into
the body, the researchers claim.
biomineralized nanoclays also impart osteogenic or bone-forming abilities to
the scaffold to enable birth of bone," Dr Kalpana Katti, Professor of
civil engineering at NDSU, explained.
this is not the first time the so called Katti group have made this
breakthrough in bone regeneration; they had also published a number of their
works on bone tissue engineering in the Journal of Biomedical Materials and
Research Part A.
"Although it would have been exciting to
say that this finding had a 'Eureka moment,' this discovery was a methodical
exploration of simulations and modeling, indicating that amino acid modified
nanoclays are viable new nanomaterials," Katti