This week, Professor Milica Radisic and team’s project entitled, Flexible shape-memory scaffold for minimally invasive delivery of functional tissues, made the cover of the journal Nature Materials.
Despite great progress in engineering functional tissues for organ repair, including the heart, an invasive surgical approach is still required for their implantation. Professor Radisic’s team is mending broken hearts with an expanding tissue bandage a little smaller than a postage stamp. Their technique lets them use a small needle to inject a repair patch, without the need to open up the chest cavity.
Click here to view the cover, which depicts a flexible tissue scaffold emerging from a glass pipette with a tip one millimetre wide and unfolding itself after injection into the body. (Image: Miles Montgomery and Rick Lu)