Tissue engineering is the use of a combination of cells, engineering and materials methods, and suitable biochemical and physio-chemical factors to improve or replace biological functions.
In practice the term is closely associated with applications that repair or replace portions of or whole tissues, and often, the tissues involved require certain mechanical and structural properties for proper functioning. The term has also been applied to efforts to perform specific biochemical functions using cells within an artificially-created support system. The term regenerative medicine is often used synonymously with tissue engineering.
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Nanostructured Hybrids for Tissue Engineering
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Figure: Micron-scale entanglement of two collagen fibrils. [courtesy Laurent Bozec]