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A Better Disc for Back Repair

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 7:35pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The back pain caused by a damaged intervertebral disc often requires surgery, which means either replacing the disc with a plastic or metal implant or removing the disc and fusing the adjacent ones together. A new type of replacement disc—consisting of a scaffold seeded with living cells—could relieve back pain without many of the side effects caused by existing surgical approaches. 

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