...read the wave

Future Technology - Zukunftstechnologie
Toekomstige Technologie

www.nanoTsunami.com

 

MU Research Team Awarded Nearly $5 Million To Study Biological Self-Assembly

New Process Aims to Make a Breakthrough in Organ Transplant

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A healing cut or a developing embryo are examples of what a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher calls a hallmark of living systems – biological self-assembly. A team of scientists led by Gabor Forgacs, professor of biological physics at MU, received nearly $5 million from the National Science Foundation to answer the fundamental biological question: What controls this self-assembly process? The answer help provide breakthroughs in regenerative medicine by means of a new process called organ printing, developed by Forgacs’ team.

“We probably will never learn exactly how biological self-assembly works but we will not need too,” Forgacs said. “What we want to know is how to control self-assembly and be able to mimic what the biological system does. Once we understand the fundamental organizing principles that control this self-assembly and the cues that are necessary to provide to the system, we can use that knowledge in our organ printing technology.”

Organ printing will be one tool in this research, according to Forgacs. The team is developing a system that takes cells from a patient with a damaged organ, blood vessel or heart valve and uses those cells to “print” a replacement organ. Bio-printing could solve many transplantation problems; it would eliminate the need for people to be on long waiting lists for transplants and, since the cells used belong to the patient, there would be no worry of rejection or infection.

“Transplantation as we know it today is not the future; artificial substitutes are not the future; this is the future.” said Forgacs, referring to organ printing. “It is quick and relatively simple. A number of fundamental questions have to be answered first but these do not seem to be insurmountable.”

The research team, assembled by Forgacs, was one of nearly 100 competing for the NSF awards. The project – Understanding and Employing Tissue Self-Assembly – brings together seven investigators from the areas of biological physics, computational physics, molecular biology, developmental biology, organic chemistry and tissue engineering. As part of the grant, several museums have expressed interest in displaying organ printing: The New York Hall of Science, the Utah Science Center, the Saint Louis Science Center and the Kansas City Science Center.

Links:
University of Missouri http://www.missouri.edu/index.cfm


www.nano-tsunami.com
This story has been adapted from a news release -
Diese Meldung basiert auf einer Pressemitteilung -
Deze tekst is gebaseerd op een nieuwsbericht -

 

 



who is reading
the wave ?

missed some news ?
click on archive photo

 

or how about joining us

 

or contacting us ?

 


about us

 

our mission