Robotic Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering and Organ Growth
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
Monday, August 01 2011
Biocompatible and biodegradable smart scaffolds could reconfigure their shape and size to accommodate organ development.
The aim of tissue engineering (TE) is to restore tissue and organ functions with minimal host rejection. TE is seen as a future solution to solve the crisis of donor organs for transplant, which faces a shortage expected only to increase in the future. In this innovation, a flexible and configurable scaffold has been conceived that mechanically stresses cells that are seeded on it, stimulating them to increased growth.
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