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Tissue Engineering--Current Challenges and Expanding Opportunities

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Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 1009-1014
DOI: 10.1126/science.1069210

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Tissue engineering can be used to restore, maintain, or enhance tissues and organs. The potential impact of this field, however, is far broader—in the future, engineered tissues could reduce the need for organ replacement, and could greatly accelerate the development of new drugs that may cure patients, eliminating the need for organ transplants altogether.

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