Scientists Experiment with Growing Tissues in Space

Components of human endothelial cells stained for identification. In red is the ‘actin’ protein that allows the cells to move, adhere, divide and react to stimuli. In blue are the cell nuclei containing DNA. (Credits: Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg – Daniela Grimm)

MAGDEBURG, Germany (ESA PR) — Tissue engineering is a fast-developing field reaching new heights thanks to space research. An experiment on the International Space Station is opening up possibilities to grow artificial blood vessels for surgery on humans.