Wired.com Covers Research at WPI Aimed at Restoring Tissue Damaged or Lost to Injury

The WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park

News that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a contract CellThera, a biotechnology company located in WPI's Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park, to extend a research program in tissue regeneration was recently picked up by Wired.com, the popular online news portal for Wired magazine. Through the contract, CellThera and WPI will continue their joint efforts aimed at restoring tissues damaged or lost due to traumatic injury.

The Wired.com article noted that the work is part of an ongoing research program whose ultimate goal is to regrow limbs. As part of that effort, the CellThera/WPI team (working in conjunction with colleagues at Tulane University) have succeeded in reprogramming mouse and human skin cells to act more like stem cells, able to form the early structures needed to begin the process of re-growing lost tissues.

Read the Wired.com story.

Read the original WPI news release on the contract renewal.

March 30, 2009

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