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According to researchers at the University of Michigan, we can now engineer prototypes of all cardiovascular structures: heart muscle, tri-leaflet valves, blood vessels, cell-based cardiac pumps and tissue engineered ventricles. In fact, it's possible today to engineer the heart piece by piece.

The full story: See Bioengineered hearts are coming fast in Emerging Technology Trends blog.

Credit: U-M and Regenerative Medicine.

By David Grober

David Grober has worked a variety of editorial roles in the technology media since 1982, when he joined the copy desk at IDG's Computer Business News. He served as managing editor for PC Week (now eWeek) and, later, Digital News. David made the leap ...