Morphogenesis is one of the major outstanding problems in the biological
sciences. It concerns the fundamental question of how biological form
and structure are generated. Morphogenesis encompasses a broad scope of
biological processes. It concerns adult as well as embryonic tissues,
and includes an understanding of the maintenance, degeneration, and regeneration
of tissues and organs as well as their formation. Morphogenesis also addresses
the problem of biological form at many levels, from the structure of individual
cells, through the formation of multicellular arrays and tissues, to the
higher order assembly of tissues into organs and whole organisms. While
related to the field of developmental biology with its traditional emphasis
on the control of gene expression and the acquisition of cell fates, morphogenesis
investigates how this regulation of cell fates contributes to the form
and structure of the organism and its component parts.
Regenerative medicine is an exciting emerging
branch of medicine in which cell and tissue based therapies are applied
to the treatments of disease. It encompasses the fields of tissue engineering,
biomaterials, stem cell applications, and the study of associated human
diseases. Knowledge from scientific inquiry about morphogenesis and its
translation into the study of regenerative medicine will help us prevent
birth defects, control abnormal tissue growth, slow the deterioration
and aging of tissues, facilitate the repair, regeneration and replacement
of injured tissues, and eventually even allow us to produce replacement
tissues and organs in vitro.
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