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Keywords:

  • biomineralization;
  • biomedical materials;
  • bone;
  • silk;
  • tissue engineering
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Hydroxyapatite/silk biocompatible composites with unprecedented mechanical strength and toughness areproduced in a new process with theintegrated mineralization of macroporous silk fibroin scaffolds. Thebiomimetic bone-like composites areabsorbable and load-bearing with compressive strength, modulus, andtoughness comparable to the mechanical tolerances of cancellous bone.