Biopolymers for Medical Applications

1st Edition

Juan M. Ruso, Paula V. Messina

CRC Press
Published October 20, 2016
Reference - 372 Pages - 12 Color & 92 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498744966 - CAT# K26920

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Summary

This book presents an experimental and computational account of the applications of biopolymers in the field of medicine. Biopolymers are macromolecules produced by living systems, such as proteins, polypeptides, nucleic acids, and polysaccharides. Their advantages over polymers produced using synthetic chemistry include: diversity, abundance, relatively low cost, and sustainability. This book explains techniques for the production of different biodevices, such as scaffolds, hydrogels, functional nanoparticles, microcapsules, and nanocapsules. Furthermore, developments in nanodrug delivery, gene therapy, and tissue engineering are described.