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Tissue engineering. Laboratory technician's gloved hands hold petri dishes containing cultures of human tendon on "smart" bandages. Cut tendons lie on strips of synthetic bandage. The culture solution also contains human tendon cells. Smart bandage technology enables rapid regrowth and joining of damaged body tissues, like tendon or bone. Tiny grooves etched in the bandage direct the growth of tendon cells. Placed between broken ends of a tendon the bandage speeds healing and joining, after which the bandage biodegrades. This technology may provide templates for hip replace- ments & other cell engineering projects. Research conducted at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
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