Engineered protein fibers have many applications in medicine, the scaffolds used in tissue engineering being one key example. Until now however, all work of this kind has only ever taken place on the nanoscale, but a team of researchers at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, led by Jin Kim Montclaire, recently published results of trials that led to the creation of engineered fibers on the microscale. This breakthrough could have significant implications in areas such as drug delivery and regenerative therapies.  The abstract for the study published by the American Chemical Society can be read here,

NYU’s full press release can be found here.