New technology has allowed scientists to create a synthetic bone material created with a 3-D printer.  They have successfully implanted this material into animals to fix spinal and skull fractures and they are extremely hopeful for use in humans within the next five years.  This could help victims of traumatic accidents with serious bone fractures, especially spinal and skull fractures, receive bone grafting with this synthetic material that would potentially be much easier to grow than real bone that is currently used.  The synthetic material, called hyper-elastic bone, is stronger and more flexible than real bone and does not need added growth components to grow.  It also regenerates rapidly and easily integrates with the surrounding bone and tissue.  The material consists of ceramic and polymer and do not have the same risk of rejection that real bone does.  This material is also cheap and easily manufactured so that it can reach a wider population relatively quickly and easily, particularly in third-world countries.

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