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Plaster human skeletal arm with diamond coated steel pins, Łódź, Poland, 1999

Diamonds are normally associated with jewellery rather than surgical implants. But here, the steel pins connecting the steel splints to the arm bones in order to stabilise fractures are coated with a thin layer of synthetic diamond. These diamond coated implants are not rejected by the body’s immune system. This strand of nanotechnology has undergone promising clinical trials and it is hoped this will be of beneficial use. The arm was made by Professor Stanislaw Mitura, who headed the research team that developed diamond technology at the Technical University of Łódź in Poland from the 1980s onwards.

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Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

Glossary: synthetic

A substance that has been made artificially, i.e. one that does not come from a natural source. Nylon is an example of a synthetic fibre.

Glossary: immune

To be protected against infectious disease.