Duke University researchers have created living muscle tissue that can heal itself in an animal just like natural tissue would, raising hopes that further research will potentially lead to self-healing muscles for human injuries. They discovered that the test skeletal muscle developed at the Durham, North Carolina school was able to integrate into lab mice quickly, and then heal itself once inside the animal. They discovered that it was more than 10 times stronger than any previously engineered muscles by shocking it with electric pulses. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Here’s what lead researcher Nenad Bursac has to say: “We got them to grow into strongly contracting fibers. This is the first time we’ve seen muscle fibers contract so strongly in the lab. It was comparable to the contracting forces you’d see in an actual mouse muscle.”