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      Biomedical Applications of Biodegradable Polymers.

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      Journal of polymer science. Part B, Polymer physics
      Wiley

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          Abstract

          Utilization of polymers as biomaterials has greatly impacted the advancement of modern medicine. Specifically, polymeric biomaterials that are biodegradable provide the significant advantage of being able to be broken down and removed after they have served their function. Applications are wide ranging with degradable polymers being used clinically as surgical sutures and implants. In order to fit functional demand, materials with desired physical, chemical, biological, biomechanical and degradation properties must be selected. Fortunately, a wide range of natural and synthetic degradable polymers has been investigated for biomedical applications with novel materials constantly being developed to meet new challenges. This review summarizes the most recent advances in the field over the past 4 years, specifically highlighting new and interesting discoveries in tissue engineering and drug delivery applications.

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          Journal
          J Polym Sci B Polym Phys
          Journal of polymer science. Part B, Polymer physics
          Wiley
          0887-6266
          0887-6266
          Jun 15 2011
          : 49
          : 12
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, New England Musculoskeletal Institute, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut 06030.
          Article
          NIHMS294321
          10.1002/polb.22259
          3136871
          21769165
          8e2613d1-c235-4f16-8904-051db3d4a0aa
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