CoreBone Appears on CNN Marketplace Middle East

Ed. note: From the Grapevine referred to the OKCoral coral farm and CoreBone in its article “A coral farming lab that grows … bones?” by Jenn Virskus (October 23, 2014)

How a coral farm in the desert could help ‘grow bones’

By Ian Lee, CNN

“Far from the sea, a man-made coral reef is taking shape — and it could change medical operations forever.

“Step inside the OkCoral lab in Israel’s Negev Desert and you’ll find row after row of quietly bubbling fish tanks, each containing a precious substance.

“It is hoped the coral grown in this surreal ‘farm,’ could one day be used in bone operations … everything from dental implants to spinal procedures.

“Unlike animal and human bones, coral can’t be rejected by the body, say medical experts at the company CoreBone, which manufactures bone replacements from coral.


“‘We have a constant supply,'” says Ohad Schwartz of company CoreBone.

“‘We don’t have to worry that in several years, harvesting [coral] from the sea could be forbidden.'”

Read the full article on CNN.

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