Sheep bone showing a Mother-of-Pearl implant

Sheep bone showing a Mother-of-Pearl implant

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Credit: CATHERINE POUEDRAS/MNHN/EURELIOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mother-of-Pearl implant in bone. Cut spongy bone (pink) of the leg of a sheep, showing a Mother-of- Pearl implant (white, lower centre). A rectangular fragment of Mother-of-Pearl was used here. The implant has caused the bone to regenerate around it and fuse with it. The Mother-of-Pearl was obtained from the giant oyster Pinctada maxima. French researchers at the Natural History Museum in Paris and the CNRS have found that Mother-of- Pearl stimulates bone regeneration, and can replace bone as a strong and resistant implant. Mother-of-Pearl can be used whole or powdered. It has been successfully used in this way on humans.

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Keywords: artificial, artificial bone, bone, bone implant, bone implant research, healthcare, implant, implantation, medical, medicine, mother of pearl, mother-of-pearl, oyster, sheep, transplant, transplantation, treatment

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