posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 08:44 AM
British scientists have discovered that if you remove the water content of the initial starting material you can grow tissue in as little as 35
minutes. The same tissue would take between 1 to 12 weeks to grow using existing methods. The breakthrough came about when scientist Professor Robert
Brown and his colleages wondered whether the process could be sped up. They initially experimented with collagen and say the tissue created in 35
minutes is actually stronger than other engineered tissue, more like natural collagen which acts as structural support for skin, bones and tendons.
UK scientists say they can cut the time it takes to grow new tissue from days to minutes.
The lengthy process can be accelerated by simply removing the water present in the starting material, the University College London team
Following such shrinkage by a factor of at least 100, tissues could be created in 35 minutes.
This speed may one day allow doctors to make tissue implants at the bedside, Advanced Functional Materials reports.
Currently, scientists make tissues to be used for operations such as skin grafts by building a scaffold of cells that grow in the lab.
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This is an astounding breakthrough! Imagine getting skin grafts created at your bedside in just over half an hour! This has to be up there with the
most important medical breakthroughs of all time.
We are talking replacing human tissue cheaply, effectively and most importantly quickly
here. This process could bring reconstructive surgery
to even the most poorest nations as the amount of time required to produce the replacement tissue is drastically reduced, hence less production
[edit on 17/10/05 by subz]