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Technique Uses Body as 'Bioreactor' to Grow New Bone

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Science  29 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5735, pp. 683
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5735.683a

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In a paper published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report growing large amounts of new bone alongside the long leg bones of rabbits. When they harvested and transplanted the new bone into bone defects in the same animal, the defects healed and were indistinguishable from the original.