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Demonstration of 'bio-glas' in the Science Museum, 2001

Hills, Jennie

Demonstration of  'bio-glas' in the Science Museum, 2001
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Profesor Larry Hench demonstrating 'bio-glas' in the Antenna Gallery, Wellcome Wing, Science Museum, London, May 2001. Hench invented the first man-made material that can bond with living tisue and is Profesor of Ceramic Materials at Imperial College, London. 'Bio-glas' is a porous glas that can be cast in any shape, forming a scaffold for new bone cells to grow on. When bio-glas disolves, it releases substances that act like fertilisers, encouraging cells to fill the cast.

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