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Scientists 'herd' cells in new approach to tissue engineering

March 11, 2014

image shows how the cells track the electric field University of California, Berkeley, engineers have found that an electrical current can be used to orchestrate the flow of a group of cells. This achievement sets the stage for more controlled forms of tissue engineering and for potential applications such as "smart bandages" that use electrical stimulation to help heal wounds. Full Story

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