A truly amazing discovery: a means of transforming rattan wood into–wait for it–a replacement for human bone grafts.
Scientists in Italy have developed a way of turning rattan wood into bone that is almost identical to the human tissue. Simply, rattan is heated, carbon and calcium are added, the wood is further heated under intense pressure in an oven-like machine and a phosphate solution is introduced.
After about 10 days, the rattan wood has been transformed into the bone-like material. Within months, the real and artificial bone will have fused, as rattan has porous properties which enable blood, nerves and other compounds to travel through it. Eventually you don’t even see the joint where the graft was inserted.
Just amazing. Get all the details here.