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Supported by a 5-year, US $3.1MM grant from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at Washington University seek to improve outcomes of surgical repairs by studying the natural attachment of tendon to bone. This may lead to the engineering of new tissues that could enhance rotator cuff repair. The team will reverse-engineer the tendon-to-bone attachment and examine tissue toughness and resilience to better understand how the natural tendon-to-bone insertion works and what goes wrong in healing. (Washington University in St. Louis, 2/10/14)