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Fragments of Mother-of-Pearl for bone implant

Fragments of Mother-of-Pearl for bone implant

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

Caption

Mother-of-Pearl used for bone implant. Gloved hand holds fragments of Mother-of-Pearl used for human bone implants. The fragments were obtained from the shell of the giant oyster Pinctada maxima. As well as producing pearls, this oyster secretes a thick silvery layer of Mother-of-Pearl inside its shell. 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, hard and resistant implant. Used in powder form or larger fragments, it is mixed with bone cells or blood before being implanted.

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