Building a New Hip: Cartilage Grown on a Woven Polymer

This image, captured by Benjamin Larson and a team of other researchers in Langer Lab at the Koch Institute, shows cartilage grown from adult stem cells in the lab.

Benjamin L. Larson, Hyoungshin Park, Farshid Guilak, Jean F. Welter, Robert Langer and Lisa E. Freed
Koch Institute at MIT
Bright Field Light Micrograph

Damaged cartilage has very limited capacity for self-repair, and must often be treated with total knee or hip replacement surgery. Here, researchers grow cartilage from adult stem cells in the lab, creating a construct that could fuse naturally to bone to repair joint injury.

Benjamin Larson explains how and why he captured his image of cartilage grown in the laboratory.