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cartilage scaffold

Replacement Parts

This image of a woven biomaterial "scaffold" for growing replacement cartilage won first place in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) first-ever "Bio-Art" imaging competition in May, 2012. Professor Farshid Guilak and post-doctoral researcher Frank Moutos of Duke's Orthopaedic Research Laboratory "seed" these scaffolds with living cells that grow to become new tissue while the woven biomaterial slowly dissolves away. The tissue engineering fibers provide stiffness and strength to mimic native tissue while the healing process is underway. This image was blown up for display in the U.S. Capitol Complex and in the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health.