Scientists say heated rattan wood is proving to be a viable material for making replacement bone. Rattan is a vine-like palm native to Asia.
At the Istec Laboratory of Bioceramics in Italy, material scientists have implanted processed rattan wood into the legs of sheep, and report that it is readily splicing with real bone.
Orthopaedic surgeons monitoring the sheep tests say it is the closest scientists have come to replicating the real thing. The team expects processed rattan wood will be used for human implants inside five years.
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