A team from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute reports the development of a novel bone engineering technique called Segmental Additive Tissue Engineering (SATE). The method (“ Segmental Additive Tissue Engineering ”), described in a paper in  Scientific Reports , allows researchers to combine segments of bone engineered from stem cells to create large scale, personalized grafts that will improve treatment for those suffering from bone disease or injury through regenerative medicine, according to the scientists.

“Segmental bone defects caused by trauma and disease represent a major clinical problem worldwide. Current treatment options are limited and often associated with poor outcomes and severe complications. Bone engineering is a promising alternative solution, but a number of technical challenges must be addressed to allow for effective and reproducible construction of segmental grafts that meet the size and geometrical requirements needed for individual patients and routine clinical applications. It …