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Gaining strength

Multiphoton Confocal Microscope Zeiss 710 with Mai Tai eHP Ti: sapphire laser

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.