This chapter gives an illustrative introduction into the field of tissue engineering. The introduction is supported by the discussion of three classical experiments presented in a clearly arranged box format. The chapter also provides a well-commented and -motivated outline of the book's chapters. These chapters are substantially revised and updated compared to the first edition, covering subjects such as stem cells, extracellular matrix, biomaterials, scaffolds, drug-controlled release strategies, bioreactors, and actual “engineering” of different tissues and organ systems. Furthermore, the book is extended by a number of completely new chapters reporting on consolidated latest trends in the field. The latter includes topics such as “Materiomics,” here defined as the study of cell–material interactions employing high-throughput screening technology, or “organs on chips.” Finally, quality control, clinical translation, and ethical aspects are presented and discussed in view of the required steps to take care of when passing from the bench to the bed side.
|Title of host publication||Tissue Engineering|
|Editors||Clemens A. van Blitterswijk, Jan de Boer|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|