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Tissue Engineering

by Editor1 last modified October 28, 2006 - 14:24

Tissue engineering is a diverse and evolving field that focuses upon the regeneration, modification, and assembly of functional tissue, tissues, or organs using specific combinations of cells, extracellular scaffolds, and temporal supporting mechanisms (i.e., biochemical, mechanical, electrical signals, etc.) for tissue synthesis events.

Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
James A. Schwarz

The field can be classified into two main areas of relevance: therapeutic relevance, which covers tissue regeneration and organ replacement (in vivo or in vitro); and diagnostic relevance, where tissue is formed in vitro and used for toxicology studies, metabolism, drug discovery, etc.