- The so-called scaffolding is constructed of biodegradable nanofibers. The material mimics the structures in the body that hold cells together and supports body tissue. This new material is thin as paper and can be sewn onto the living tissue.
- Researchers produced the fibres using a hydrogel and signal molecules that help cells to turn specific genes, on and off. In doing so, they could make the stem cells develop into the desired tissue.
- There is a need for new tissue repair treatments as existing methods are far from optimal. The scaffolding could be used to stich tissues together, including connective tissue around the abdomen. However, it needs to be re-operated on in up to 30 percent of all cases.
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