Contact: Ken Kingery
Caption: This is a closer look at the scaffolding integrated with Xuanhe Zhao's hydrogel. The composite material, formed through a process comparable to pouring concrete over a steel framework, may be a serviceable synthetic replacement for the load-bearing cartilage found between bones.
Credit: courtesy of I-Chien Liao, Frank Moutos, Brad Estes
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