Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine are two terms often used synonymously. Both describe a field focused on discovering and developing new ways to help the body’s innate ability to restore organ and tissue function using a combination of cells, biomaterials and engineering. A subtle difference between these terms may be that tissue engineering emphasizes the biomaterials and engineering components, while regenerative medicine accentuates the cellular contribution. Like many disciplines having a potential to affect public health, expectations surrounding the state of the technology and the benefit to human health are at times overstated. Although we may in the future be able to produce complete and functioning organs ex vivo ...

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