Implants

Implants are biomedical materials or medical devices intended to replace a missing biological structure, or support or augment the function of an existing one. Examples of implants are prostheses, dental fixtures, and birth-control subdermal capsules.

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    Biofilms are communities of bacteria that accumulate on surfaces such as replacement joints or intravenous catheters. By silencing a key communication system, Staphylococcus aureus builds tightly packed biofilms that can withstand attack by host immune cells.

    • Andrew M. Edwards
    Nature Microbiology 4, 1073-1074
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    Neural probes that mimic the subcellular structural features and mechanical properties of neurons assimilate across several structures of the brain to provide chronically stable neural recordings in a mouse model.

    • Jeffrey R. Capadona
    • , Andrew J. Shoffstall
    •  & Joseph J. Pancrazio
    Nature Materials 18, 429-431
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    Microparticle debris from prosthetic implants has been shown to induce a type 2 inflammatory response through a Bruton’s tyrosine kinase-dependent signalling pathway.

    • Dimitri A. de Kouchkovsky
    • , Sourav Ghosh
    •  & Carla V. Rothlin
    Nature Materials 18, 193-194