And on the Running theme, anyone who’s had a joint issue for whatever reason, can attest to how hard it is to get back on your feet.
Well, buck up little camper, Because: Science!
By synthesizing a new combination-gel that unites two different types, that then absorb calcium molecules, scientists at Harvard have come up with what they think might be a pretty good Replacement for Cartilage.
The jury is still out on how well it can be formed at-thickness, how it would be affixed to the site in-question, and if the body would reject, encapsulate, or integrate it.
-The material already seems to stretch so much, that it probably has some shock-absorption properties built-in. Another fantastic property, is that it also has some degree of “self-healing” properties, also.
Anyway: Older Runners, REJOICE!
-Just heed the advice of the other scientists and don’t kill yourself with your brand new knees.
Head over to the links for more details.
Photo, “Blue Gel Macro 1”, by Nicolas Raymond, freestock.ca
Video, “Hydrogel_Final”, by Jeong-Yun Sun, Harvard SEAS
JUMP BONUS!: Demo Vid!
• Source Study: Nature-Highly stretchable and tough hydrogels
• via: HarvardSEAS-Tough gel stretches to 21 times its length, recoils, and heals itself
• More Coverage: Gizmag-Hydrogel Cartilage