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Nature. 2009 Nov 26;462(7272):426-32. doi: 10.1038/nature08601.

Inspiration and application in the evolution of biomaterials.

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School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 29 Oxford Street, 319 Pierce Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.

Abstract

Biomaterials, traditionally defined as materials used in medical devices, have been used since antiquity, but recently their degree of sophistication has increased significantly. Biomaterials made today are routinely information rich and incorporate biologically active components derived from nature. In the future, biomaterials will assume an even greater role in medicine and will find use in a wide variety of non-medical applications through biologically inspired design and incorporation of dynamic behaviour.

PMID:
19940912
PMCID:
PMC2848528
DOI:
10.1038/nature08601
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