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Lab-grown 3D muscle fibers
Breaking the Plastic Ceiling

Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1 Microscope

Gelson J. Pagan-Diaz

Rashid Bashir Laboratory

Funded by the National Science Foundation
At the interface of physical and medical science lies tissue engineering. Researchers use a combination of biochemical and engineering techniques to coax living tissues to grow according to customized needs: to repair an injury, to create a replacement organ, or to examine tissue properties more easily in the laboratory. The expanding rays seen here were inspired by lab-grown 3D muscle fibers, used by scientists to study the interactions between nerve and muscle tissue.