What is the buzz about stem cells and synthetic scaffolds?

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What is the buzz about stem cells and synthetic scaffolds?



Synthetics have the advantage of known rates of degradation, ability to keep shape, and reproducibility. The down side is that the adhesiveness of stem cells may not be as good as natural materials.
Examples of these synthetic materials include various polymers such as poly lactic-co-glycolic acid and poly ethylene glycol. Initial studies using these materials as scaffolds has looked very promising.
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