PerspectiveREGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Biomaterials for tissue repair

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Science  25 Jan 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6425, pp. 340-341
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar2955

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Summary

An approach to regenerative medicine that is showing promise involves the use of biomaterials as tissue scaffolds. Biomaterials scaffolds have been used for >20 years in tissue engineering to improve the transplantation of cells and growth factors. More recently, biomaterials that can promote tissue repair and regeneration on their own without the need for delivering cells or other therapeutics have emerged as a potentially powerful paradigm for regenerative medicine.