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Artificial kneecaps as tough as nails

Researchers create one of the strongest polymers for knee replacements ever made

Photo by Kindel Media: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-woman-having-knee-injury-7298410/

Knee cartilage made in the lab is 26% stronger than the real thing, says Duke University researchers. The synthetic cartilage which has a gel-like consistency is made of a water-based polymer called a hydrogel.

In their study, the researchers put the polymer through the mechanical rigors of…

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River D'Almeida, Ph.D

River D'Almeida, Ph.D

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