Materials science: Like cartilage, but simpler

Journal name:
Nature
Volume:
517,
Pages:
25–26
Date published:
DOI:
doi:10.1038/517025a
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The properties of articular cartilage, which lines bones in joints, depend partly on repulsion between components of the material. A new synthetic gel that mimics this feature has rare, direction-dependent properties. See Letter p.68

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  1. Anne Ladegaard Skov is in the Danish Polymer Centre, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby 2800, Denmark.

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