Friday, December 8, 2017

Some Thoughts on Silk

Here's an interesting story about a relatively new line of research.  According to a study conducted by the new founders of Oxford Biomaterials, silk produced by a certain type of silkworm (Antheraea peryni) can be used to provide a surface for spinal nerves to regrow.  The silk disappears over time so that no surgery is required to remove the material.  With other researchers working to urge nerve regeneration, having a surface where new nerves can develop becomes more imperative.  And on that note, avoiding repeated invasive surgeries is no small thing, either.

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