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posted on 2022-02-25, 11:54 authored by Fergal O'BrienFergal O'Brien

Every day thousands of surgical procedures are performed to replace or repair tissue that has been damaged through disease or trauma. The developing field of tissue engineering (TE) aims to regenerate damaged tissues by combining cells from the body with highly porous scaffold biomaterials, which act as templates for tissue regeneration, to guide the growth of new tissue. This article describes the functional requirements, and types, of materials used in developing state of the art of scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. Furthermore, it describes the challenges and where future research and direction is required in this rapidly advancing field.


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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Materials Today. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Materials Today, 14, 3, (March 2011).

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O'Brien F. Biomaterials and scaffolds for tissue engineering. Materials Today. 2011;14(3):88-95

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  • Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine

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