I first read about this in a small Times blurb about 50 great inventions, or some such thing; I thought it was cool then, but didn’t do much research. But the more I read about it the more excited I am to see where it goes!!! I would totally get replacement wood bones over metal ones if i had to (hopefully not). If what they say is true, it’s just as strong as real bone and fuses with your natural bones almost flawlessly. Truly amazing, this will be a thing to keep and eye on in the future.
Be sure to check out the whole video HERE on BBC, it’s fascinating!
Researchers at the Istec Laboratory of Bioceramics in Faenza near Bologna, lead by Dr. Anna Tampieri, have been studying different types of wood to see which one would result in the most bone-like structure. They place pieces of normal wood into a furnace and heat them under pressure for 10 days, resulting in a white porous material. The researchers have found that rattan wood, often used to make furniture, creates the best bone substitute material because it has a similar porosity to bone, which allows blood, nerves and other compounds to travel through it.