In what could be termed as a happy accident, a Northwestern University scientist recently stumbled upon a breakthrough in biological materials. The invention, named origami organs, was created by using tissue papers made of biological matter and could be valuable in the field of cancer therapy and regenerative medicine. The origami organs are capable of producing natural hormones inside the body.
New Potential Scope of Biomaterials in Medicine
The Northwestern Medicine team of engineers and scientists were trying to create multiple bioactive tissue papers that could be generated from organ derived biomaterials. Their advantage of being flexible could allow them to be folded into different sizes and shapes, including origami birds, as the scientists showed in their publication.
The Next Level in Tissue Engineering
According to Ramille Shah, one of the corresponding authors of the study, stated that the new biomaterial based tissue papers can be highly versatile and surgery friendly. This new class of biomaterials can be effectively utilized in regenerative medicine and in newer therapeutics and drug discoveries. Shah is an assistant professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine. The overall study involved the generation of various types of tissue papers with materials derived from proteins the scientists took from various sources, including muscles, liver, kidneys, uterine, and ovarian organs.
Breakthrough in Wound Healing
Another critical field these biomaterial based tissue papers can be used in, according to Shah, is in wound healing. The papers can be optimally used to offer support as well as cell signaling that is an essential aspect of regenerating tissues while reducing time taken to heal and negating the chances of scarring.