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New Coating Process May Prevent Body From Rejecting Medical Implants

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April 16, 1999
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University Of Washington
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For years, University of Washington bioengineer Buddy Ratner has used the metaphor of a lock and key to describe how the body uses specific cell-protein interactions to promote healing. Now, research suggests that the metaphor offers a nifty blueprint for making medical implants that trigger normal healing rather than the body's typical, and often disruptive, foreign material reaction to such devices.

For years, University of Washington bioengineer Buddy Ratner has used the metaphor of a lock and key to describe how the body uses specific cell-protein interactions to promote healing. Now, research suggests that the metaphor offers a nifty blueprint for making medical implants that trigger normal healing rather than the body's typical, and often disruptive, foreign material reaction to such devices.


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