• Nanoscaffolding goes Natural

    Nanoscaffolding Goes Natural

    Biomedical engineer Feng Zhao is making lab-grown tissues that are just like the real thing—because they are the real thing. Transcending synthetics, Feng Zhao's new nanoscaffolding created from fibroblast cells is set to revolutionize lab-grown tissues—and save lives.
    Our cells aren't solitary. They exist in a vast, complex matrix that serves as the backbone for their duties. As cells proliferate, they use their surroundings to carry out our most basic biological functions, including growth and healing.

On the cover:The Healing Stitch. Feng Zhao is building a new kind of cellular nanoscaffolding by stitching together fibroblast cells—an artful process similar to crocheting.

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