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Breakthrough in Medicine From a Young Scientist
New polymer material, bioplastotan, developed by the young scientist Yekaterina Shishatskaya and her colleagues from the Institute of Biophysics at Krasnoyarsk, Siberian branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, is considered to be a real breakthrough in medical sciences.
The material is produced by microorganisms under special conditions, that is why it can be fully degraded in natural environments and is biologically compatible with animal human organisms.
The material can partly replace human organs and tissues, for instance, suture filaments will dissolve after a wound has healed. Broken bones and joints can be replaces by bioplastotan copies, since material is highly durable and can compete with metal prostheses.
Another promising application of this polymer is precise drug delivery, when bioplastotan capsules will dissolve after they deliver treating agent to its target. The material is claimed to be quite cheap with $5-10 thousand per 1000 kilograms.
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