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Imagine a time in the future when human lifespan is extended because “broken parts” are simply replaced by regenerated ones. Lives may be lengthened by several decades because of new technologies that create cells, tissues and organs for patients who may need them. Research at Wayne State is putting us closer to the day when this will happen. The development of biomaterial scaffolds plays a central role in regenerative medicine by providing the chemical, biological and mechanical cues necessary for tissue formation or regeneration.