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Mother-of-Pearl bone implant surgery. Surgeon raises the leg of a patient before Mother-of-Pearl bone implant surgery. Samples of bone from the leg of the patient were taken earlier for bone cells, which are cultured and mixed with powdered Mother- of-Pearl. A soft implant paste is made of this, and used to fill bone cavities. Mother-of-Pearl is 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 replaces bone as a strong and resistant implant. It is being used where other bone implants have failed.
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