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Demonstration of 'bio-glas' at the Science Museum, 2001.

Hills, Jennie

Demonstration of 'bio-glas' at the Science Museum, 2001.
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actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Profesor Larry Hench demonstrating 'bio-glas' in the Antenna Gallery, Wellcome Wing, Science Museum, London, May 2001. Hench, profesor of ceramic materials at Imperial College, London, invented the first man-made material that can bond with living tisue. '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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