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The tendon-to-bone attachment

Unification through disarray

High-resolution imaging, composition analysis and mechanical testing reveal a disordered transitional material within the Achilles tendon-to-bone attachment, structured as a fibrous network to enable force transfer and maximize structural integrity.

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Figure 1: The hierarchical structure of the tendon-to-bone attachment.
Figure 2: The random, fibrous nature of the tendon-to-bone attachment endows it with toughness while protecting tendon and bone.

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Genin, G., Thomopoulos, S. Unification through disarray. Nature Mater 16, 607–608 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat4906

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