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Technology

Researchers at MIT and Boston Children's Hospital have developed a nanocomposite scaffold, comprised of gold nanowires embedded in a hydrogel matrix, for culturing cardiomyocytes.  The inventors have demonstrated that the cells not only proliferate, but also establish the intercellular electrical connections requisite for contractility.   Cardiomyocytes grow more robustly on the nanocomposite scaffold than on a conventional hydrogel, further demonstrating the therapeutic potential of this material.