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Silky secrets to make bones

December 19, 2017

A study activated genes in human stem cells that initiate biomineralization, a key step in bone formation, according to a science team from Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Nottingham Trent University. Scientists engineered spider web silk combined with silica to activate cell membrane protein receptor integrin.  Full Story

University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

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