by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  June 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM Health In Focus
'Nanoclay' May Help Bone Regeneration
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.

"The 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.

Furthermore, 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 added.

Source: Medindia

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