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Scaffolds and cells – making replacement body parts in the lab

Scaffolds and cells - making replacement body parts in the lab. James Smith Richard Oreffo, University of Southampton

The team

From the University of Southampton:

The science behind the exhibit

Medical advances have led to a welcome increase in life expectancy but with this comes problems associated with tissue loss and a need for replacement tissues.

We are using stem cells isolated from adult tissues such as the bone marrow, and engineered materials as scaffolds, to develop pieces of bone and cartilage tissue in the lab. We are also interested in finding ways of coaxing the body to regenerate itself with drugs and chemicals and to harness the repair capacity of our bodies. Our ultimate aim is to deliver stem cells together with the right scaffolds and factors to generate and repair damaged or diseased tissue for patient use.

What to expect


News and updates

Exhibit information for the Great British Bioscience Festival will be present on their Centre website ( and Southampton Imaging website (new site under construction to match launch of Southampton Imaging).


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