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Extremity injuries affect thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan

Scientists hope to catch up with the great demand for treatments of battlefield limb injuries.

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Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

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1 of 7 Photo courtesy of Ed Salau

Mt. Rainier

Ed Salau attempts to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier a few years after his leg was amputated at, and then above, the knee.
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2 of 7 Photo courtesy of Ed Salau

In Iraq

Salau uses his prosthetic leg to his advantage in Iraq in 2009.
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3 of 7 Sulbha K Sharma/Harvard

In the lab

Tianhong Dai at work in his lab testing UV-C light on mice.
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4 of 7 UVComparison.Com

Killing bacteria

The cell inactivation curve in the image shows that UV-C is highly bactericidal, meaning capable of killing bacteria.
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5 of 7 Image courtesy of Christopher T. Born

Femur implant

Orthopedic surgery Profesesor Christopher T. Born hopes to infuse metal implants like this one in a patient's femur with drug-like characteristics that fight infections.
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6 of 7 Image courtesy of Yufeng Dong

Notch molecules

Notch molecules slow stem cell growth, enabling scientists to use them as building blocks to rebuild bone, cartilage, or tissue.
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7 of 7 Photo courtesy of Airlift Research Foundation

Battlefield wound

Battlefield wounds can be especially messy, with multiple fractures and drug-resistant bacteria.

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