In this millennium, tissue engineering for soft tissue repair has expanded to include regenerative medicine. Researchers
are tirelessly developing new ideas and methods for engineering fully functional tissue. Introduced are four major
areas of soft tissue musculoskeletal research: ligament, cartilage, muscle and rotator cuff. Investigators are pursuing
tissue regenerative medicine therapies to provide functionality and promote development of musculoskeletal neo-tissue.
This article addresses some of the recent patents that help regenerate musculoskeletal tissues using genes, cells and scaffolds.
Keywords: Soft tissue repair, ligament, cartilage, muscle, rotator cuff, scaffold, tissue engineering
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