The following is a press release from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and
Bioengineering (NIBIB). This research was funded in part by NIBIB and the National
Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (DE 016525), both parts of the National
Institutes of Health.
Researchers have engineered living bone tissue to repair bone loss in the jaw, a
structure that is typically difficult to restore. The team led by researchers from
Columbia University, New York, grafted customized implants into pig jaws and found
that the graft integrated into the animal's own tissue and functioned appropriately.
The work reported in the June 15, 2016 issue of Science Translational Medicine,
suggests that personalized bone grafts for facial reconstruction may be possible in the