The Magic Behind Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering refer to the science of combining scaffolds, cell and biologically active molecules to create functional tissues that will work in the human body. While there are differences between tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, the terms have become interchangeable as scientists seek ways to cure complex, chronic diseases.
The science is used to create materials that restore, maintain or improve damaged bodily tissues or even entire organs. The FDA has approved artificial skin and cartilage but these engineered tissues aren’t commonly used in human patients.
Regenerative medicine includes tissue engineering as well as research on self-healing practices. This can include things like stem cell injections and platelet rich plasma injections that encourage your body to use its own systems to regenerate cells and rebuild tissues.