A new system for keeping tissue viable for long-term study once transferred from an animal to a culture medium has been developed by researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan. The new system[1] uses a microfluidic device that can keep tissue from both drying out and from drowning in fluid. A… Read more

MIT chemical engineers and neuroscientists have devised a new way to preserve biological tissue, allowing them to visualize proteins, DNA, and other molecules within cells, and to map the connections between neurons. The researchers showed that they could use this method, known as SHIELD, to trace the connections between neurons in a part of the… Read more

Three-dimensional human tissue culture models for the central nervous system have been developed by a team of Tufts University-led researchers. The models mimic structural and functional features of the brain and demonstrate neural activity sustained over a period of many months. With the ability to populate a 3-D matrix of silk protein and collagen with… Read more

A process for engineering next-generation soft materials with embedded chemical networks that mimic the behavior of neural tissue has been developed by researchers at Brandeis University. The new material could lead to autonomous soft robotics, dual sensors and actuators for soft exoskeletons, or artificial skins. The work paves the way for futuristic soft active matter… Read more

Researchers in the U.S. have developed an exciting new way of growing muscle tissue in the lab. The team, headed by Professor Warren Grayson of Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, are able to generate functional muscle tissue to a degree that has not been achieved in any previous studies. This is a significant finding that could… Read more