Technology

AddToAny

Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter

Molecular printing advance

A new fabrication technology could allow researchers to recreate complex biological environments.

3DEAL is a simple and inexpensive technique able to generate complex molecular patterns within soft matter – such as hydrogels – with microscale resolution and up to centimetres in depth.

This enables the possibility to engineer 3D hydrogel environments with spatial control of chemical composition, opening the opportunity to recreate biological scenarios, such as 3D molecular gradients or patterns.

This could be used to design new drug screening platforms or build complex tissue engineered constructs.

The technology has been developed by a team at Queen Mary University of London.

bioengineering.qmul.ac.uk

Related Articles

"Mind-boggling" conversion to neurons

Human immune cells in blood can be converted directly into functional neurons in the laboratory in about three weeks, say scientists.

Bone Marrow Matrix

Creating human bone marrow tissue

Researchers have developed an artificial tissue in which human blood stem cells remain functional for a prolonged period of time.

Growing brains

Growing brains

They may only be small collections of cells at present, but neurological surgeon Ben Waldau believes that brain organoids could have a big impact in the future.

Top