Is this the key to rapidly manufacturing heart valves?

Nanofiber fabrication may be the key to rapidly manufacturing heart valves with regenerative and growth potential, according to new research from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. A research team led by Kevin Kit Parker created a valve-shaped nanofiber network that replicates the mechanical and chemical properties of the native valve extracellular matrix (ECM).

Mitral versus aortic valves: Here’s another reason they’re different

Aortic and mitral heart valves use different strategies to stay alive when they become cut off from oxygen and diseased, according to new research out of Rice University. The findings surprised the Rice bioengineers, led by professor Jane Grande-Allen, who used both physical and computer models of heart valves in their study. They custom-designed bioreactors