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Spun-sugar Fibers Spawn Sweet Technique for Nerve Repair
February 26, 2009
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a technique using spun-sugar filaments to create a scaffold of tiny synthetic tubes that might serve as conduits to regenerate nerves severed in accidents or blood vessels damaged by disease.
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