The use of engineered tissue to repair bodily injuries has taken an important step forward as the transplant of engineered tissue containing major blood vessels had its first ever success. Such a transplant can repair severe abdominal muscle injury.
Prof. Shulamit Levenberg, of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, headed the research team.
They have long worked on creating tissue on artificial scaffold, and recently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In the past, researchers had only managed to transplant engineered muscle tissue with small blood vessels.
But this medical breakthrough, on which the Technion holds a patent, may do away with the need for complex surgeries.