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Donor hearts could make good scaffolding for new organs.
The new material, which can be injected, molded, and set in place by exposure to light, could benefit people disfigured by disease or injury.
Tissue engineering allows for complex three-dimensional cell construction.
Electronics that break down in the body could be useful in temporary medical implants and drug delivery.
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.
A strong, stretchy material could provide a scaffold for growing organs or making wounds heal faster.