Developing materials to heal the body

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Broken bones are quite good at repairing themselves. But what happens when parts of limbs are amputated or smashed beyond repair?

In some cases, bone can be grafted from the hip, but bone supply is limited and the procedure is incredibly painful. This is where Molly Stevens comes in: the Imperial College London professor is developing biomaterials that can be injected into the body to stimulate bone repair.

At WIRED Health, Stevens will explain techniques including theuse of biomaterials to encourage the body to  make new tissueincluding bone tissue. Stevens is also developing new nanomaterials-based approaches to  detect disease in the body at very early stages.