Spider silk key to new bone-fixing composite -- COMPAMED Trade Fair

Spider silk key to new bone-fixing composite

04/24/2018

Image: 3-D rendering of a novel bone-fixing composite in yellow; Copyright: Bryant Heimbach/UConn

A 3-D rendering of the novel bone-fixing composite. It is made of silk fibers and fibers of polylactic acid that are coated with fine bioceramic particles to add strength while maintaining flexibility. The biodegradable composite helps heal bones without the complications posed by metal parts.