Engineering tissues and organs in vivo from stem cells

Grant number: 209045


Tissue engineering is an exciting new area of medical research. We have developed a unique animal model of tissue engineering where new tissue spontaneously sprouts from the surface of a vascular loop enclosed inside a plastic chamber. The tissue thus created has its own blood supply. By adding cultured cells or altering the environment of the chamber we have been able to grow new specific tissues such as fat and muscle. This technology potentially allows the generation of spare body parts to replace lost or worn out organs and tissues. We have recently reproduced this model in the mouse to be able to screen a range of mouse and human stem cells. These cells have the ability to change (i.e. ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers