David Mooney & tissue scaffold used to make organs

David Mooney & tissue scaffold used to make organs

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Caption: Transplant research. Scientist Dr. David Mooney holds a "tissue scaffold" sample used to grow artificial human organs for implantation. It contains a network of lactide or glycolide polymer fibres. Organs are made by placing a culture of cells from a patient's organ onto a shaped smart bandage. Fed by special nutrients, the cells multiply using the fibres as a scaffold to form an organ in a few weeks. Once implanted, the organ establishes a blood supply & the fibres break down into natural products which the body can dispose of. This technique eliminates the problems associated with transplants from donors. Mooney leads a team at Michigan University, USA.

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