'Seeding' cells onto a 'bio-glas' sample for analysis, October 2001.
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'Seeding' cells onto a 'bio-glas' sample for experimental analysis at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. Larry Hench, Profesor of Ceramic Materials at Imperial College, invented bio-glas, the first man-made material that can bond with living tisue. Bio-glas forms a porous scaffold for new bone cells to grow on and then disolves, releasing substances that act like fertilisers, encouraging new cells to fill the cast. Small pores in the scaffold allow for a more efficient bone bonding and a quicker release of the fertiliser ions.