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The spring-like elasticity of skin, lungs, blood vessels, and uterine tissue is imparted by the protein elastin. Human life is entirely dependent on the elasticity and resilience of this remarkable protein. Because of its exceptional properties, elastin is ideal for incorporation in artificial skin to treat burn victims, vascular grafts for heart patients, and scaffolds for tissue regeneration. Large-scale computer simulations of elastin are providing the molecular insight necessary for the design of elastin-based biomaterials. [Credit: Pomes Group, Sick Kids Hospital/University of Toronto]

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