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East Lansing — A Michigan State University researcher has been awarded $4.2 million in grants to help in his work to improve the healing process of fractured bones.

The East Lansing school announced Monday that Kurt Hankenson, a veterinary scientist and expert in bone regeneration, is getting funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Some fractured bones never heal properly.

Hankenson says in a statement that he’s seeking to identify different ways of “helping the body heal at any age.”

Hankenson, along with Michigan State University collaborator Leslie Kuhn, is investigating a technique through $1.7 million in Department of Defense funding that has the potential to help fix the most difficult fractures, including a bone that has broken in multiple spots.

The NIH project has $2.5 million in funding.

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