Cellular/tissue engineering-promises and challenges in tissue engineering

  • M. Papadaki
  • Published 2001 in IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine

Abstract

Promising approaches to regenerate corneas, heart valves, and thymus have been presented in recent press releases. These are described here: Tsai et al. in The New England Journal of Medicine presented a promising technology to reconstruct damaged ocular surfaces; CryoLife wants to conduct clinical trials for the use of its Synergaft tissue-engineered replacement heart valves in heart reconstruction surgery for children requiring replacement of the pulmonary heart valve; NIST Researchers at Cytomatrix and Massachusetts General Hospital have generated an "artificial thymus" that can efficiently generate large quantities of a wide range of human T-lymphocyte cells, a key element of the body's immune system.

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