Dear Foregen Supporters,
Welcome back to our most recent newsletter. We have some important updates for you, and an overview of the best parts of December so far.
What’s Happened Since Last Time
- Our publication with SAGE should be published online this week, so we’ll be looking out for it. Bear with us since publication ultimately depends on the production editors’ workload at a given point. Publication DOI number: 10.1177/2041731418812613
- We had a two generous individuals who donated $1,700 and $500 respectively earlier this month, so I’d like to give them a shout-out for their contribution! Thanks for giving all of us more motivation and hope during the holidays!
- For the month of December overall we reached a total of $7,080 in donations, which helps us move forward with the next parts of our mission! Be sure to inform other activists, friends and family about Foregen and the science we’re pursuing to one day help provide genital integrity to men around the world. Our overall total to date is $389,228 - Let’s keep it up.
Tell Me Something Interesting
- In this article, a new study published in Tissue Engineering Part A described the successful bladder repair using silk fibroid scaffolds in female swine. According to the researchers, in their model, “the severe pBOO (partial bladder outlet obstruction) swine had a 61% decline in bladder compliance compared to the start of the study. By 3 months after the tissue engineering/reconstruction, bladder capacity and compliance had increased significantly (79+19% and 171+75%), compared to baseline values, respectively.”
- A recent article discusses a method scientists from First Moscow State Medical University along with their Irish colleagues developed for a new imaging approach for tissue engineering. “The team produced hybrid biosensor scaffold materials based on cellulose matrices labeled with pH- and calcium-sensitive fluorescent proteins. These materials enable visualization of the metabolism and other important biomarkers in engineered artificial tissues by microscopy.” In other words this is important since methods like these can enable researchers to observe better what occurs in scaffolds with tissue growth, a research challenge for regenerative medicine in the context of producing viable regenerated tissues.
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The Foregen Team