Tiny interwoven fibers of 3-D fabric scaffold

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These tiny interwoven fibers make up the 3-D fabric “scaffold” into which a strong, pliable hydrogel is integrated and infiltrated with stem cells, forming a framework for growing cartilage. The resulting composite material is tough, flexible and formable and has excellent frictional properties. It mimics both the strength and suppleness of native cartilage.

Image credit: Frank Moutos, Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, Duke University, and Farshid Guilak, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University

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