Muscle Being Engineered in Lab (video) Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption Laboratory-engineered skeletal muscle is a potential therapy for replacing diseased or damaged muscle tissue. This computer-controlled system is designed to build properly organized muscle tissue in the lab. To do this, muscle cells are attached to strands of a natural material and are then subjected to cyclic stretching ("exercise") in a device designed to simulate the conditions of the human body. The pre-conditioning allows the cells to align in one direction, fuse to form muscle bundles, and function like normal muscle. In this video, the process is exaggerated for demonstration purposes. The process is actually much slower and involves less intense stretching. Credit Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Usage Restrictions Use only in conjunction with coverage of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine's reserach project on muscle engineering. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.