Decellularized bovine tendon (left), a stacked multilayered construct (middle), and a tubular construct (right) fabricated by bioskiving
The bioskiving process (Image credit: Qiaobing Xu)
Collagen is the main component of connective tissues and the most abundant protein in the human body. Biocompatible and biodegradable, it is an excellent material for making scaffolding for tissue engineering. The trouble is, conventional techniques disrupt the fibrous structure of collagen and weaken the end product. Tufts University researchers are aiming to change this with a new technique for fabricating collagen structures that avoids disruption and retains collagen’s strength.
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