“Bone marrow transplants are incredible, even life-saving, medical procedures. They are often used used to treat individuals dealing with blood and immune disorders. Unfortunately, in order for this transplant to work, patients have to have their own bone marrow cells eliminated using radiation and drugs — many of which have significant negative side effects.
However, a new implant may completely remove the need for these drugs when treating some of those disorders. The implant is made of two sections: an outer layer which functions as bone, and an inner mesh that facilitates the growth of donor bone marrow. The outer layer interacts with the host’s cells to help build bone, integrating the implant with the body’s natural structure. “It’s an additional accessory for the host,” says Shyni Varghese at the University of California, San Diego. “They have their own bone tissue and now an additional one that can be used if needed. It’s like having more batteries for the bone.”…”
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