To engineer a new heart, first you take a pig…

This week the prestigious science journal Nature carries two fascinating reports on the progress being made in the exciting field of tissue engineering that we recommend to our readers - both are open access so you don't need a subscription to Nature to read them. The first is a feature article by Brenden Maher entitled "Tissue … Continue reading To engineer a new heart, first you take a pig…

Regenerative Medicine: Prof. Anthony Atala discusses its past, present and future

Regenerative medicine is an exciting field that has really begun to mature and deliver on its promise over the past decade, though the clinical achievements to date only represent a fraction of what will be achieved in years to come. One of the leading scientists working in this field is Professor Anthony Atala, who leads a team … Continue reading Regenerative Medicine: Prof. Anthony Atala discusses its past, present and future

Understanding Cyborg Jellyfish

While I was on vacation I missed a fascinating story about how scientists at Harvard University and Caltech have created an artificial jellyfish - termed a medusoid - using rat heart cells on a silicone matrix in order to demonstrate that it is possible to reverse-engineer a muscular pump, as described in this informative report on CBC News. This … Continue reading Understanding Cyborg Jellyfish

Ignoring the Role of Animals in Medicine is Shortsighted

Today we have a guest post from Dr. Todd McAllister, CEO of Cytograft Tissue Engineering Inc. and Co-Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the St. Joseph’s Translational Research Institute in Atlanta. Below, Dr. McAllister explains how animal research is vital to the pioneering research that his company does. After nearly 15 years of … Continue reading Ignoring the Role of Animals in Medicine is Shortsighted

How to Build a Beating Heart

On Friday I discussed one of the recent developments in the science of tissue engineering, the development of artificial blood vessels for transplant by Dr. Laura Niklason of Yale University.  Tonight National Geographic's Explores series is taking a more global look at how tissue engineering is delivering in the clinic and promising much for the future. You … Continue reading How to Build a Beating Heart

Hopping rabbits herald breakthrough in tissue engineering

A team of NIH-funded scientists and veterinarians at Columbia University, the University of Missouri, Clemson University, and the Medical University of South Carolina, have this week announced a significant advance in tissue engineering, for the first time they have used cutting–edge tissue engineering technology to produced a moving joint, in this case the hip, in … Continue reading Hopping rabbits herald breakthrough in tissue engineering

How to build a lung

Tissue engineering, a field that combines cell biology, engineering, and materials science to manufacture tissues - and more recently even whole organs - to replace those lost to injury or illness, must be one of the most exciting areas in modern medicine. Since the earliest reports about a mouse with a human ear growing on … Continue reading How to build a lung