Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have developed a material that replicates human bone tissue which they are using to explore bone cancer and to treat large bone injuries. 

The researchers, led by Luiz Bertassoni, D.D.S., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the OHSU School of Dentistry and a member of CEDAR, the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center in the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, were able to develop the material at what they called an unprecedented level of precision. The material has a 3D mineral structure that has bone cells, nerve cells and endothelial cells that self organize into blood vessels exactly like a real bone.

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