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Volume 94 Issue 11 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 14, 2016

Light-activated hydrogel might one day repair degraded cartilage in arthritic joints

Researchers reinforce cow cartilage with polymeric system
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: tissue engineering, cartilage, glycosaminoglycans, osteoarthritis, hydrogel, cross-linking

A collaborative chemistry and orthopedics team has developed a technique that, if verified in animal and human tests, might one day be a therapy for osteoarthritis.

In osteoarthritis, joint cartilage loses some of its glycosaminoglycans, highly charged polysaccharides that enable the tissue to retain water, giving it load-bearing capacity and an ability to resist compression and wear. The result is joint pain, for which no direct treatment is currently available.

Now, chemist and biomedical engineer . . .

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