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Results from a 15-patient pilot study suggest that a new hydrogel and adhesive implant + microfracture procedure performed as well in humans as it did in the lab. At 6 months, MRI showed that patients receiving the implant had new cartilage filling an average 86% of defects in the knee, while those receiving microfracture only showed an average 64% tissue replaced. Implanted patients further reported a greater decrease in knee pain. Clinical studies were supported by Biomet and Cartilix. (Johns Hopkins Medicine, 1/14/13)