Understanding Cell Encapsulation, How It Can Benefit Medicine

The science of medicine has done tremendous things over the years.  Medicine has helped us heal from various illnesses, including deadly and tragic medical events such as a heart attack or stroke.  It is due to the advancements that we have in medicine that have allowed humans to live with diseases such as diabetes.  This is exactly why it is important to continue to advance medical science, especially cell encapsulation.

Scientists have been working towards engineering ways to encapsulate cells in order to be able to manipulate them in such a way that they can help the body and tissues in the body heal.  When you encapsulate a cell, you are going to basically immobilize the cell.  The benefit of this in the field of medicine is that it will allow for the cells to be manipulated in order to help heal something such as a damaged heart.  This can allow cells to be infused with oxygen, nutrients, and other proteins that can allow the body to heal faster and more effectively.

This type of science engineering is allowing for scientists to push medicine further than they ever thought possible.  There is a major problem in the medical world with graft rejection in tissue engineering, but with the cell encapsulation advancements pushing things farther, this could be a distant memory of an issue in no time.

Blog submitted by Sasha Bakhru.  Acting as a graduate research assistant during his studies at Columbia University, Sasha Bakhru has helped gain new understanding around the encapsulation of cells for controlled delivery of drugs.

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