New challenges in biomaterials

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Science  25 Mar 1994:
Vol. 263, Issue 5154, pp. 1715-1720
DOI: 10.1126/science.8134835


Significant opportunities and challenges exist in the creation and characterization of biomaterials. Materials have been designed for contact with blood, as replacements for soft and hard tissues, as adhesives, and as dental materials. Current methods of synthesis and characterization of these materials are outlined. Approaches for controlling the interface between tissue and biomaterials and ways in which the engineered materials may contribute to medicine are considered.