From the *Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, VU University Medical Center, VUmc, Amsterdam; †Skeletal Tissue Engineering Group Amsterdam (STEGA), The Netherlands; ‡Division of Biosciences, TNO Quality of Life, Leiden; and §Department of Physics and Medical Technology, VUmc, Amsterdam.
Acknowledgment date: October 8, 2007. Revision date: November 29, 2007. Acceptance date: December 3, 2007.
The manuscript submitted does not contain information about medical device(s)/drug(s).
Corporate/Industry and Federal funds were received in support of this work. No benefits in any form have been or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript.
Supported by the Dutch Program for Tissue Engineering (DPTE # VGT.6744) and by Cytori therapeutics, Inc. (RH).
Paul I. J. M. Wuisman passed away after the completion of this manuscript.
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