Beta: A new kind of bioreactors–used to create human tissue grafts–have been proposed by a research duo at Oxford University. They say the current stationary bioreactors fail to imitate the real mechanical environment while tuning the cells. Putting tissue grafts on humanoid bioreactors can be beneficial in creating more realistic human tissues for transplantation.

Researchers Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr at the Oxford University have thought of a new idea to develop human tissues artificially.

It is observed that the patients aren’t comfortable after the transplantation. It is because the tissue grafts (for skin, ligaments, etc.) created in stationary environments in current bioreactors haven’t been subject to natural stretching, straining, and moving.

As detailed in Science Robotics magazine, a new way proposed by the researchers is to create humanoid bioreactor systems which would “mimic the human skeletal architecture and the body movements in different activities.” Creating tissue drafts and putting them on robots make the tissues more realistic.

Humanoid robots like Kenshiro can be used to tune tissue grafts. Because they are designed to closely replicate human muscles, tendons, etc. using rubber-like materials and inelastic strings.

For more details, you can read the researchers’ post here.

Bots wearing human skin could sound cringy at first, but it’s for the betterment of a medical process. What are your views on this? Drop your thoughts and feedback.


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