No, the Duke University graduate students and medical students have not taken up knitting sweaters and socks to pass the hours away. The loom in the photo weaves a material that could put an end to some of the artificial joint replacements in the future.
This biomaterial being developed at Duke University can be formed into shapes that duplicate the surface of a joint. This shaped material then acts as a scaffold to grow cartilage and bone. This can then be used to replace the damaged surface of the joint, without having to replace the entire joint.
This may sound like science fiction, but these Duke University researches, with the help of the Arthritis Foundation, are turning science fiction into science fact.
I look forward to following how this arthritis research advances. This is also one of the many reasons I am excited to be supporting the Arthritis Foundation. You can too.
Please support my efforts to help the Arthritis Foundation fight arthritis. Go to my Richmond Arthritis Walk fundraising webpage at http://www.charitywalksblog.com/arthritiswalk and make a contribution.