Bioscaffold Hydrogel Material Degrades as Bone Grows to Replace It

Rice University bioengineers have created a hydrogel that is a liquid at room temperature but, when injected into a patient, becomes a gel that would fill and stabilize a space while natural tissue grows to replace it. The gel shows potential as a bioscaffold to support the regrowth of bone and other three-dimensional tissues in a patient's body using the patient's own cells to seed the process.