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Duke Researchers Create Artificial Human Muscles

Duke Researchers Create Artificial Human Muscles | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it

"In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals.”The beauty of this work is that it can serve as a test bed for clinical trials in a dish,” said Bursac. “We are working to test drugs’ efficacy and safety without jeopardizing a patient’s health and also to reproduce the functional and biochemical signals of diseases — especially rare ones and those that make taking muscle biopsies difficult.”by John Biggs

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Scientists Have Reconnected Severed Nerves with Liquid Metal

Scientists Have Reconnected Severed Nerves with Liquid Metal | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
Get y0ur T-1000 jokes ready, because we're one step closer to liquid metal-powered people. As a team of Chinese biomedical engineers recently used an alloy to close the gap between severed sciatic nerves in frogs.
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Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint

Doctors Can Now Successfully 3D Print A Knee Joint | Managing Technology and Talent for Learning & Innovation | Scoop.it
 While this footage isn’t as exciting as I’d like it to be – I’d really prefer a big old gross close-up of a splayed knee joint – what it represents is pretty wonderful.
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UK scientists make custom-made body parts in the lab

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Scientists are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. Scientists in a north London hospital are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells.
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