Tissue Engineering Strategies for Skeletal Repair

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
New York, New York


Introduction

There is a strong medical need for biological tissue grafts that could reestablish the structure and function of skeletal tissues lost to congenital abnormalities, trauma, and disease. Both the prosthetic devices and autologous tissue grafts are most helpful in providing the necessary tissue structure, but they each have serious limitations. Tissue engineering offers potential to grow fully biological substitutes of native tissues, through the individual and combined use of cells, biomaterial scaffolds, and culture systems.

This article appears in HSS Journal: Volume 8, Number 1.
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About the HSS Journal

HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal published three times a year, February, July and October. The Journal accepts and publishes peer reviewed articles from around the world that contribute to the advancement of the knowledge of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.


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