A team of NIH-funded researchers has successfully regenerated rabbit
joints using a cutting edge process to form the joint inside the body,
or in vivo. Regenerative in vivo procedures are performed by stimulating
previously irreparable organs or tissues to heal themselves. In this
study, bioscaffolds, or three-dimensional structures made of biocompatible
and biodegradable materials in the shape of the tissue, were infused
with a protein to promote growth of the rabbit joint.
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