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Both magnesium and zinc are considered as suitable elements for preparation of biodegradable materials that can be gradually dissolved in human organism without production of toxic compounds. Although many magnesium based materials possess good mechanical properties and biocompatibility, corrosion rates accompanied by hydrogen release and pH increase are too high. On the contrary Zn is characterized by much lower corrosion rate in physiological solution compared to magnesium and its alloys. Therefore, we study Zn-Mg binary alloys with 0-7 wt.% of Mg. In this case, magnesium was selected to improve mechanical properties and biocompatibility of pure Zn. The structures of alloys were studied by an optical metallographic microscope and SEM equipped with EDS analyzer. Mechanical properties were studied using Vickers hardness measurements, compressive tests, tensile tests and bending tests. Our results showed that mechanical properties of binary Mg-Zn alloys are improved with higher content of Mg with maximum achieved at eutectic composition. Higher Mg concentrations strongly deteriorate mechanical properties of binary Mg-Zn alloys.