Using human cells, U professor is building parts to repair the circulatory system

  • Article by: Dan Browning , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2013 - 7:19 AM

In a lab at the U, a persistent professor is using human cells to engineer arteries and heart valves.

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whatzitAug. 31, 1311:09 PM

this is such great news about persevering by researchers that happened right in our own back yard!

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tooty123Aug. 31, 1311:50 PM

Great for the U and these two researchers. Keep expanding the U's medical field. It should be the tops in the nation.

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dr4golfSep. 1, 13 1:19 AM

AMAZING!! LOVE IT! This is what tax dollars should be funding. AWESOME!

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sundialSep. 1, 13 6:59 AM

Note the support from federal money. What other research is not being done due to the sequester? Would this have happened without the support of tax dollars?

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gemie1Sep. 1, 13 7:33 AM

Great work! I would rather see our tax dollars given to the University of Minnesota research then to redo Rochester for Mayo Clinic's expansion. The expansion will bring short term jobs, but in the long run it will be a waste of tax payer money. The research at the U of M and the money being utilized in a responsible manner will help people throughout the world. Mayo had over a hundred years to make down town Rochester and surrounding areas (Austin's Hormel) into a medical destination. We should have let Mayo expand their Jacksonville and Arizona facilities and make their living on Medicare. Good work U of M!

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nessmessSep. 1, 13 7:37 AM

Fascinating info!! The next time a child says they hate math and find no use for it... You can refer them to this story... Perhaps, math teachers can approach math from a practical standpoint (RE: cell growth, etc.), to spark more interest in mathematical concepts..

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RankenFyleSep. 1, 13 5:53 PM

Wonderful news! Congratulations to Prof. Tranquillo and his team for thinking outside the box and overcoming the occasional territorial battles that erupt between university departments. This is a perfect example of the cross-discipline applications that can be realized when an institution with the breadth and depth of scientific knowledge as the U of M is willing to share their acquired knowledge among their academic peers. You never know when a person a floor above or below might have the that binding piece to your puzzle, or you for them, without that communication.

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