Bone cells grown on carbon nanotubes Because carbon nanotubes are not biodegradable, they behave like an inert matrix on which cells can proliferate and deposit new living material, which becomes functional, normal bone, according to the paper. They therefore hold promise in the treatment of bone defects in humans associated with the removal of tumors, trauma, and abnormal bone development and in dental implants, Zanello added.
More research is needed to determine how the body will interact with carbon nanotubes, specifically in its immune response, the paper states.
Carbon nanotubes could be used as a scaffold for new bone.
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