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Hybrid materials made of cardiac cells and carbon nanotubes might patch damaged hearts and provide muscle for robots made of living tissues.
The new material, which can be injected, molded, and set in place by exposure to light, could benefit people disfigured by disease or injury.
A new nerve-cell-support design could give amputees better control over prosthetic limbs.
Implants grown from living cells could offer better support and flexibility.
The synthetic vessels can be stored for long periods and avoid the complications typical of vessel grafts.
Doctors can’t do much in cases of severe muscle damage. New research shows that hair-thin threads might help.
Tissue engineering allows for complex three-dimensional cell construction.
A strong, stretchy material could provide a scaffold for growing organs or making wounds heal faster.
Lungs grown in the lab have been experimentally transplanted into live animals.