Tissue Engineering

Fixing Bones with Spider Silk Composite

Researchers from the University of Connecticut have fabricated a new biodegradable composite from strands of silk fibroin, the foundational element of spider and moth silk, to replace the metal plates and screws currently used by orthopedists to help repair broken load-bearing bones.

Kayt Sukel
July 02, 2018
Building Better Livers with "Buds"

An international team has grown up to 20,000 vascularized liver buds at a time and reversed liver failure in 60 percent of mice that received the implants.

Melissa Lutz Blouin
July 02, 2018
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Engineering Safety in Cell Therapy

Joseph Wu Director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Stanford University, discusses the rise of engineered cell and tissue products for use in patients. While these products are now technically advanced and better suited for the clinic, there continues to be issues around patient safety that need to be monitored and mitigated for routine use and mass production.

Tanuja Koppal
April 23, 2018
Origami Techniques Deliver Advances in Tissue Engineering

Northeastern University's Micropower and Nanoengineering Laboratory's new technique in origami folding to build 3D liver tissue constructs from flat sheets could mimic human organs and reduce time, expense, and testing needed to commercialize new pharmaceuticals.

Poornima Apte
March 26, 2018
Researchers Grow Human Heart Muscle

Duke University researchers have created human heart muscle in the laboratory, and successfully grown it large enough to provide a patch that contracts and transmits electrical signals.

John Kosowatz
February 26, 2018
Putting Skin in the Game

This “skin on a chip” bioreactor can help researchers study and treat keloid disease and other forms of extreme scarring.

John Kosowatz
January 16, 2018
3D-Printed Spider Silk Can Grow Heart Muscle Cells

Researchers have succeeded in growing heart muscle tissue on a substrate made from 3D-printed, bioengineered spider silk. The results show promise for the production of functional heart tissue for improving cardiac function after heart attacks and strokes.

Mark Crawford
October 23, 2017
New Wound Care Product Offers the Next Step in Healing

A new wound dressing fights infection and uses human cells to regrow tissue without scarring.

Cassie Kelly
October 09, 2017
Bioengineering with New Materials

From heart patches to micromotors that deliver medicine directly to the stomach lining, new materials are being bioengineered to heal the body.

Alan Brown
September 25, 2017
The Future of Organ Banking

Mechanical engineers have the know-how to push back the boundaries of cryopreservation of human tissues.

Yoed Rabin , Jede...
July 31, 2017
Hybrid Crawling Robot Made with Living Tissue

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have combined a muscle from a sea slug’s mouth as well as bundles of its neurons and nerves with flexible 3D printed components to build biohybrid robots that inches forward.

Jean Thilmany
July 24, 2017
Designing Better Bone

Engineering software helps design and machine human bone for transplantation.

Meredith Stettner
May 01, 2017