Bioprospecting has led to increased interest in potential applications for marine organisms and their by-products. As a rich source of mineralising porous organisms, our seas and oceans could provide new directions for bone tissue engineering particularly in the supply of biomimetic templates that may enhance in vivo and ex vivo bone formation. In this chapter we examine the history of marine organism use in this field; exploring how these organisms could be utilised, given the problems of sustainability, and reviewing the current evidence to support their use for bone repair and regeneration.
|Title of host publication||Bone Substitute Materials|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 06 Aug 2014|