In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals.
The lab-grown tissue should soon allow researchers to test new drugs and study diseases in functioning human muscle outside of the human body.
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Ref: Bioengineered human myobundles mimic clinical responses of skeletal muscle to drugs. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.04885