Signals Blog


Signals’ mandate is to bring you, dear reader, blogs about stem cells, commercialization and biomaterials, but lately there hasn’t been much of the latter; therefore, I’ve decided to try to fill that gap.

But before you get too excited, I am in no way an expert on biomaterials, despite my affection for them (and the occasional published Right Turn).

However, I have learned (and Wikipedia confirms) that biomaterials are any matter, surface, or construct that interacts with biological systems. Further, they can be implanted to replace or repair missing tissue. Are you with me so far? Biomaterials can take many shapes and forms. For example, silicone is a biomaterial. And polydimethylsiloxane is a silicone. So, as surprising as this video may seem, it is actually legitimate. (Others reported on this too here and here.)

Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at) We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

As always, we welcome your feedback in the comment section.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.