MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Scientists developed a new biomaterial that can be engineered to dissolve after days, weeks or months inside the human body.
"This is a huge step. It is a pinnacle," according to researcher Mihai Irimia-Vladu. "It’s a very elegant demonstration of making functional devices that are biodegradable."
Made of silicon, magnesium and silk, the technology has already made an appearance in an antibacterial medical implant and temperature and strain sensors similar to those used in digital cameras, ScienceNews reported.
The technology may have applications in temporary implants, such as bacteria-fighting agents to help heal wounds or short-term pacemakers, according to the news source.
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