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Published On: Sat, Jul 25th, 2020

Lego for bones? Scientists develop method for repairing fractures using 3D-printed bricks inspired by popular toy

Small Lego-like hollow blocks can be used to heal broken bones more effectively than current methods, new research has revealed. The novel technology could even help build organs for transplant in the future, scientists believe.

The 3D-printed bricks can be used to repair broken bones by helping hard and soft tissue regrow in a way that’s better than the current methods used by doctors, scientists from the US and Thailand have discovered. Complex bone fractures are usually fixed with metal rods or plates and powders or pastes that act as scaffolding materials.

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