Anthony Atala: Growing New Organs

This past week we discussed muscle structure and function. We broke apart the structure of muscle down to the myofilaments of a muscle cell. I came across this video on TED that did the opposite. This researcher is working on a team that engineers organs and muscles. The are experimenting with a technique that takes a small sample of a cell from a patient and they use the genetic material in that cell to build a personalized tissue. However, just building the structure is not enough to make the tissue functional. They have to put the tissue in an environment that mimics the body and then they have to "train" the tissue for the specific function it has to perform. I thought this video was an interesting look into the future of engineering tissue.



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