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Using organ culture system to understand cells

Researchers use an organ culture system to understand mechanical environment of cells

Ray Vito, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Mechanical Engineering, and graduate student Yu Shin Kim (foreground) are using an organ culture system designed at Georgia Tech as a testbed for understanding the mechanical environment of cells. Ultimately, researchers will use information from these studies to establish a rational basis for tissue-engineered design.

This ongoing research on tissue engineering is taking place at the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissues (GTEC), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center. Created in 1998, GTEC is supported by NSF and matching grants from the institutions and the Georgia Research Alliance.

Many people volunteer to donate organs, however, the large demand for organs and the technology to store them have combined to create a crisis and thousands of patients die every year waiting for compatible organ donations. The tissue engineers at GTEC are working hard to create living tissue and organ substitutes that can be used in place of human organ donations. (Year of image: 2000)

Credit: Photo by Gary Meek

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