Scientists in a laboratory at Georgia Tech have developed a way to grow tendons that merge into bone. Previous lab-grown tendons lacked the ability to attach to bone.
Tissue engineering can produce tendons, cartilage, and even bladders. But only now have researchers managed to make different tissues blend into one another, as they do naturally in the body.
Such gradients are necessary for some structures and organs to function properly, says bioengineer Andrés García, who with colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology demonstrated a way to grow tendons that gradually "fade" to bone at one end.
We need the ability to grow replacement parts as our parts wear out from age. Given the ability to grow replacement parts we can replace old parts of our body with more youthful parts and make ourselves young again.
|Share |||Randall Parker, 2008 August 12 09:32 PM Biotech Tissue Engineering|