Mimicking biological functionality with polymers for biomedical applications

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Abstract

The vast opportunities for biomaterials design and functionality enabled by mimicking nature continue to stretch the limits of imagination. As both biological understanding and engineering capabilities develop, more sophisticated biomedical materials can be synthesized that have multifaceted chemical, biological and physical characteristics designed to achieve specific therapeutic goals. Mimicry is being used in the design of polymers for biomedical applications that are required locally in tissues, systemically throughout the body, and at the interface with tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-394
Number of pages9
JournalNature
Volume540
Issue number7633
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 14 2016

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