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Farmer who lost half his skull gets 3D replacement

Last month, surgeons in China successfully implanted an artificial 3D-printed vertebra (pictured) into a 12-year-old bone cancer patient to help him walk again

The nerves [yellow] and blood vessels [blue and red] within the spongy bone of the jaw. Atlas and Text-Book of Dentistry. Gustav Preiswerk, 1906.

CONNECTIVE TISSUES - Examples are adipose (fat) tissue, cartilage (elastic, fibrous tissue attached to bones), bone, and blood.

Metastasis; drawing shows primary cancer that has spread from the colon to other parts of the body (the lung and the brain). An inset shows cancer cells spreading from the primary cancer, through the blood and lymph system, to another part of the body where a metastatic tumor has formed.

"Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva is a disease where the body’s repair mechanism is completely broken, and starts “healing” the fibrous tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) by turning them into bone. Your whole body is slowly being petrified. There’s no known treatment for the 450 sufferers worldwide, and in one famous case a sufferer survived up to the age 40, at which point his entire body, except his lips and transformed into bone, leaving him completely immobile."