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Volume 6 Issue 1, January 2011

Tissue engineering involves the development of functional substitutes for damaged tissues and organs. In this issue Tal Dvir, Brian Timko, Daniel Kohane and Robert Langer review the challenges involved in applying nanotechnology to tissue engineering. The foreground of this image is an artist's impression showing polymeric fibres (purple) engineered to recreate the cell microenvironment; the background is a scanning electron micrograph of an electrospun polymeric fibre mesh. The cells are shown in light blue.

Image courtesy of Bozhi Tian

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Editorial

  • The International Year of Chemistry gives chemists a chance to raise the profile of their subject.

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Thesis

  • A new approach to public knowledge of science focuses on what the public want to know rather than what scientists think they should know. Chris Toumey reports.

    • Chris Toumey
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Research Highlights

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News & Views

  • Contacts between a single molecule and a metal electrode can be good or bad depending on the number of metal atoms that are in direct contact with the molecule.

    • Andreas Heinrich
    News & Views
  • Graphene nanoribbons with low defect densities and large energy gaps can be fabricated by chemically unzipping carbon nanotubes and annealing the result.

    • Stephan Roche
    News & Views
  • Quantum-control pulse sequences can suppress errors and significantly extend the lifetimes of spin-based quantum bits in solid-state devices.

    • Michael J. Biercuk
    • David J. Reilly
    News & Views
  • Understanding the impact of nanomaterials on human health will require more detailed knowledge about the protein corona that surrounds nanoparticles in biological environments.

    • Marco P. Monopoli
    • Francesca Baldelli Bombelli
    • Kenneth A. Dawson
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Review Article

  • The extracellular matrix is a nanocomposite material that supports the attachment of cells and provides information for tissue development. This Review outlines the architecture of this matrix, how nanotechnological approaches can be used to recreate its structure for developing better tissue and organ substitutes, and the challenges and future prospects of applying nanotechnology in tissue engineering.

    • Tal Dvir
    • Brian P. Timko
    • Robert Langer
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