Image provided by Vincent Chan, Rashid Bashir Lab, Laboratory of Integrated Biomedical Micro/Nanotechnology & Applications
Research funded by the National Science Foundation
Tissue engineering is a promising strategy that could one day provide a cure for patients that need replacements for damaged tissues and organs. Here, the researchers have documented a way to coax stem cells to mature and form skeletal muscle in a matrix bed of proteins. Within two weeks, the resulting muscle fibers are able to contract.