Protein hydrogels can be genetically engineered to promote the growth of specific cells
Johns Hopkins University researchers have created a new class of artificial proteins that can assemble themselves into a gel and encourage the growth of selected cell types. This biomaterial, which can be tailored to send different biological signals to cells, is expected to help scientists who are developing new ways to repair injured or diseased body parts.
"Were trying to give an important new tool to tissue engineers to help them do their work more quickly and efficiently," said James L. Harden, whose lab team developed the new biomaterial. "Were the first to produce a self-assembling protein gel that can present several different biological signals to stimulate the growth of cells."
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