Researchers from the University of Manchester in England have devised a method
that delivers human cells unharmed to chosen locations within polymer scaffolds.
"The scaffold is… built from a material designed to degrade in the body and be
absorbed over a timescale of months," said Brian Derby, a professor of materials
science at the University of Manchester. "While this occurs, the cells multiply
and generate tissue to replace the scaffold."
"Applications include replacement for bones removed during cancer surgery [and] working with burn victims to regenerate skin," he said. "Because we use the
patient’s own cells we remove rejection problems with the implants."