Could Silkworms Help Repair Clogged Arteries?
January 31, 2011•15 min
Host: Janet Wright, MD
Guest: David Kaplan, PhD
Although most bypass grafts are sourced from other parts of a patient's body, bioengineers are examining new materials that might be used for bypass grafts to reduce the risk of second-site complications. Silk has been a standard material in sutures for decades, and is now showing promise as a biomaterial in bypass grafts. Might silkworms help repair clogged arteries? Dr. David Kaplan, endowed chair, the Stern Family Professor of Engineering, and professor &amp; chair of the department of biomedical engineering at Tufts University, discusses the advantages of silk protein as a biomaterial and related applications to cardiology.&nbsp;When might this new technology be applied from the bench to the bedside?&nbsp;Dr. Janet Wright hosts.&nbsp; &nbsp; Produced in Cooperation with