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Tough Gel Stretches to 21 Times Its Length, Recoils, and Heals Itself
September 6, 2012
A team of experts in mechanics, materials science and tissue engineering at Harvard University have created an extremely stretchy and tough gel that may pave the way for replacing damaged cartilage in human joints.
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