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Researchers create system to build transplant tissue
Date:10/8/2007

awrence Bonassar, a Cornell associate professor of biomedical engineering who was instrumental in developing the gel for tissue growth and in determining the proper biological requirements for cell growth, is also among those trying to direct stem cells to produce desired tissue types. Currently, stem cell-derived cartilage has been made but is not functional.

As new tools develop, researchers hope to use these engineered tissues in non-clinical applications, such as replacements for animals in the testing of pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The technology, researchers believe, also offers the hope of growing implants from the patient's own cells to replace damaged or diseased tissue.

The research was funded by the Office of Naval Research, Cornell's Nanobiotechnology Center, Beckman Foundation, the Center for Life Science Enterprise at Cornell and the Cornell Center for Materials Research.


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