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Caption: In this newly published research by scientists at Humacyte Inc., Duke, East Carolina and Yale universities, bioengineered veins are generated by culturing human cells in a bioreactor to form a robust tissue. Cells are removed from the tissue, and the bioengineered veins can be stored for up to 12 months in refrigeration until time of patient need. These bioengineered veins may be developed in large diameter for use in vascular access in kidney dialysis or small diameter for use in bypass surgery. Bioengineered veins have demonstrated excellent blood flow and resistance to clotting.
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