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Biopolymer chemist Lingyun Chen works in her lab at the U of A. Chen and her team are developing a hydrogel made from waste byproducts like crab shells and wood chips that can repair itself when torn and could find uses in products like contact lenses or pill capsules. Image credit: Sean Townsend/University of Alberta
Researchers create ‘artificial cartilage’ that can repair itself

January 9, 2020

New hydrogel made from forestry and fishing waste could help replace petroleum-based products from contact lenses to pill…
World first as artificial neurons developed to cure chronic diseases

December 3, 2019

Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists –…
Researchers create “smart” surfaces to help synthetic blood-vessel grafts knit better and more safely

November 27, 2019

Researchers at McMaster University have created a new coating to prevent clotting and infection in synthetic vascular grafts,…
Researchers build microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nerves

September 18, 2019

Researchers have developed soft robotic devices driven by neuromuscular tissue that triggers when stimulated by light – bringing…
Liquid crystal liver

July 3, 2019

The currently used simplified model of mammalian liver tissue can only show in a limited way how liver…
“Nanofiber yarn” makes for stretchy, protective artificial tissue

April 25, 2019

The human body is held together by an intricate cable system of tendons and muscles, engineered by nature…
A human brain model in a petri dish?

January 18, 2019

Research scientists around the world are now able to investigate the structural, cellular and developmental intricacies of the…
3D bioprinting technique could create artificial blood vessels, organ tissue

October 22, 2018

CU Boulder engineers have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for localized control of an object’s firmness,…
Scientists create synthetic prototissue capable of synchronised beating

October 18, 2018

The discovery, published in Nature Materials, is the first chemically programmed approach to producing an artificial tissue. The findings,…
Synthetic ‘Tissues’ Build Themselves

June 5, 2018

How do complex biological structures — an eye, a hand, a brain — emerge from a single fertilized egg?…
Scientists Grow Miniature Human Brains in Mice

April 22, 2018

Back in 2013, researchers succeeded in developing human brain organoids for the first time, which they had eventually…
Living human tracheas

February 22, 2018

Biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University are growing tracheas by coaxing cells to form three distinct tissue…
Scientists developed an off the shelf artificial nerve tissue to repair severed nerves

February 17, 2018

Repairing nerve damage is incredibly difficult. Basically, there are two ways now – nerve grafting, which, again, heals…
3-D printing improves cell adhesion and strength of PDMS polymer

January 23, 2018

Combining two different polymer forms can switch manufacturing of silicone parts from molding, casting and spin coating of…
3-D printed microfibers could provide structure for artificially grown body part

December 13, 2017

Much as a frame provides structural support for a house and the chassis provides strength and shape for…
Team Develops Functional Heart Muscle large enough to Repair the Human Heart

November 29, 2017

Right now, most existing therapies are concerned with reducing symptoms in people with heart damage, but none have…
Kevlar-based artificial cartilage mimics the magic of the real thing

November 16, 2017

The unparalleled liquid strength of cartilage, which is about 80 percent water, withstands some of the toughest forces…
New tissue-engineered blood vessel replacements closer to human trials

November 2, 2017

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new lab-grown blood vessel replacement that is composed completely…
Lung Cancer on a Chip

October 26, 2017

One of the biggest challenges facing medical researchers is that experimental models cannot perfectly replicate human diseases in…
A new method of 3D printing living tissues

August 16, 2017

The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support,…
Engineered liver tissue expands after transplant

July 20, 2017

Many diseases, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, can lead to liver failure. More than 17,000 Americans suffering from these…
Innovative skin replacement starts final clinical trial

July 13, 2017

A University of Wisconsin–Madison spinoff that makes an innovative material designed to speed healing of serious burns has begun…
Stem cell advance brings bioengineered arteries closer to reality

July 11, 2017

Stem cell biologists have tried unsuccessfully for years to produce cells that will give rise to functional arteries…
Houston team one step closer to growing capillaries

July 11, 2017

In their work toward 3-D printing transplantable tissues and organs, bioengineers and scientists from Rice University and Baylor…
Artificial bile ducts grown in lab and transplanted into mice could help treat liver disease in children

July 4, 2017

In research the researchers grew 3D cellular structure which, once transplanted into mice, developed into normal, functioning bile…
Unique 3-D Printed Models Could Improve Patient Outcomes in Heart Valve Replacements

July 4, 2017

Heart valve models created with advanced 3-D printers could soon assist cardiologists in preparing to perform life-saving heart…
Human Heart Tissue Grown from Stem Cells Improves Drug Testing

June 8, 2017

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR have engineered a three-dimensional heart tissue from…
Human forebrain circuits under construction – in a dish

April 29, 2017

National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded neuroscientists have created a 3D window into the human brain’s budding executive hub…
Scientists create ‘beating’ human heart muscle for cardiac research

March 20, 2017

Scientists at The University of Queensland have taken a significant step forward in cardiac disease research by creating…
Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart

January 12, 2017

A process using human stem cells can generate the cells that cover the external surface of a human…
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