Science Fiction Come to Life with Engineered Muscles that are Self Healing

Science fiction come to life!  Scientists at Duke University have made the first lab-grown muscle that heals itself inside the animal.  And it was all witnessed first hand through a window in the mouse’s back.

 

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“It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into mice quickly, and for the first time, demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the laboratory and inside an animal.”

“The muscle we have made represents an important advance for the field,” Bursac said. “It’s the first time engineered muscle has been created that contracts as strongly as native neonatal skeletal muscle.”

Now the question is “can it vascularize, innervate and repair the damaged muscle’s function?” Which will be the next steps in working with this biomimetic muscle.

http://www.pratt.duke.edu/news/self-healing-engineered-muscle-grown-laboratory

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