Tokyo Institute of Technology Develops Artificial Bone from Fish Scales

Tokyo Institute of Technology Develops Artificial Bone from Fish Scales 2

More and more lines of research that open to the idea of developing “parts” for our bodies and, for example, to repair our bodies to disease or accidents. Some years ago, scientists working with glue to repair broken bones and even working on developing artificial bones, for example, 3D printers or from collagen from pigs. Indeed, the Tokyo Institute of Technology is also working on developing artificial bone material but instead of using the collagen from the skin of the pig are used as the basis of some fish scales .

Until now, developing bone collagen from artificial from the skin of pigs required, on average, about six months of work to develop bone and also involved some risk to the patient resulting from possible diseases that could come from the animal source of material. However, the alternative developed by Junzo Tanaka Toshiyuki Ikoma and allows developing artificial bones in half the time and also no risk of infection for the recipient patient.

This artificial bone collagen from a base flakes from a variety of fish known as tilapia (which have little or no fat flakes being a fish living in warm water and are therefore pure collagen) combined with the apatite materials result in a much stronger and resistant, it is also much better assimilated by the human body to repair injuries and fractures.

Our goal is to use this material to treat bone tumors in older people because they have much more problems in the regeneration of bone. Collagen from fish is a material that has great potential to become a key to developing therapies to regenerate bone and artificial bone

In fact, it appears that collagen from fish as well as use in the field of cosmetics and in the development of these artificial bones, it appears that it could be used in other areas such as ocular surgery. According to them the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the collagen fibers of the fish have similarities with the human corneal stroma and therefore the regeneration of the cornea could be a line of research addressed in the future.

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