Tending Tender Tendons

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Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 1011
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.1011

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What do a skate egg case and a tendon have in common? Cross-links that make them strong--an observation that propelled Thomas Koob on his quest to build a bionic tendon. A successful replacement for injured tendons would be a hot commodity, as the current ability to repair them surgically is quite limited, and at best a repaired tendon is about 60% functional.