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University of California - San Diego
Caption: UC San Diego bioengineering professor Shyni Varghese (left) and UC San Diego medical student and bioengineering alumna Jessica Chuang (right) look at an experimental electrochemical cell. UC San Diego undergraduate bioengineering researchers have achieved the "Triple Crown" of stem cell culture - they created an artificial environment for stem cells that simultaneously provides the chemical, mechanical and electrical cues necessary for stem cell growth and differentiation. Building better microenvironments for nurturing stem cells is critical for realizing the promises of stem-cell-based regenerative medicine, including cartilage for joint repair, cardiac cells for damaged hearts, and healthy skeletal myoblasts for muscular dystrophy patients. The advance could also lead to better model systems for fundamental stem cell research.
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