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Spray-on muscle cells

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Donor hearts are rare, and many patients have to wait a long time for a new organ. In this case, ventricular assist devices or even artificial hearts can save their lifes. Researchers from the ETH Zurich have now developed a technology that allows such systems to remain in the body for a longer time. Read our latest interview to learn how "spray-on" muscle cells and biomimetic surfaces contribute to this.

Have a nice week,

Timo Roth
Editorial team

image: 12 - 15 November 2018, MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine in Düsseldorf

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Topic of the Month: Surgical navigation systems
Interview: "Spray-On" muscle fibers
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Surgical navigation systems: Safely guiding the scalpel

Topic of the Month

Image: Doctor with a laptop, around him various medical images, behind him an ECG; Copyright:
Imaging, navigation, integration – these are terms that describe the modern operating room. All of these components play a key role in accurate surgical procedures. They are integrated into surgical navigation systems, which make complicated medical surgeries considerably safer.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Surgical navigation systems: Safely guiding the scalpel
Surgical navigation systems - precise planning and execution of operations

"Spray-On" muscle fibers for biomimetic surfaces


Image: "Spray on" muscle fibers in a polymer scaffold; Copyright: Empa
Few patients with heart failure are fortunate enough to receive a donor's heart. Ventricular assist devices (or heart pumps) have been around for several years and are designed to buy time as patients wait for a transplant. Unfortunately, the body doesn't always tolerate these devices. Researchers at Empa now use a new procedure to produce a coating made of cells designed to line the pumps in the future and increase their lifespan.
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"Spray-On" muscle fibers for biomimetic surfaces
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