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This 3D printing system would print gel scaffolds, or support structures, for growing human tissues. The system would include hyaluronic acid and polyethylene glycol as the basic “ink cartridges” and other cartridges featuring inks with different cells and ligands that serve as binding sites for cells. Image credit: Madison Godesky/Rutgers University
Superior “Bio-Ink” for 3D Printing Pioneered

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Rutgers biomedical engineers have developed a “bio-ink” for 3D printed materials that could serve as scaffolds for growing…
Latest tech in clinical grafts? A ‘universal’ blood vessel

January 20, 2020

Yale doctors have developed a way to create vascular grafts from stem cells that are as strong as…
3D model of human liver for better diagnosis

December 2, 2019

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is becoming the most common chronic liver disorder in developed countries. Histological analysis of…
Researchers create “smart” surfaces to help synthetic blood-vessel grafts knit better and more safely

November 27, 2019

Researchers at McMaster University have created a new coating to prevent clotting and infection in synthetic vascular grafts,…
Penn Engineers Solve the Paradox of Why Tissue Gets Stiffer When Compressed

October 22, 2019

Tissue gets stiffer when it’s compressed. That property can become even more pronounced with injury or disease, which…
Using algorithms to build a map of the placenta

October 5, 2019

The placenta is one of the most vital organs when a woman is pregnant. If it’s not working…
UW Medicine, VA partner on 3D-print models for heart care

August 21, 2019

The University of Washington School of Medicine and VA Puget Sound Health Care System today announced a two-year…
Paper trail leads to heart valve discoveries

August 6, 2019

Paper is at the heart of an experimental device developed by Rice University bioengineers to study heart disease.…
Rice University bioengineers developed fluorescent microparticles that can be suspended in hydrogel scaffolds seeded with live cells. The microparticles can be used to monitor for the presence of oxygen in hydrogel cultures that help injuries heal. Illustration by Reid Wilson (cropped image)
Soft micro-monitors keep tabs on oxygen in new tissues

July 26, 2019

It’s important to know one’s new cells are getting nourishment. Rice University scientists are working on a way…
Biologists and mathematicians team up to explore tissue folding

July 26, 2019

As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end…
Scientists use molecular tethers and chemical ‘light sabers’ to construct platforms for tissue engineering

May 22, 2019

Tissue engineering could transform medicine. Instead of waiting for our bodies to regrow or repair damage after an…
Major shift: A 3D “mini-gut” advances understanding of celiac disease

May 13, 2019

In pursuit of a novel tool for the research and treatment of celiac disease, Harvard Medical School scientists…
Stem cell scientists clear another hurdle in creating transplant arteries

May 10, 2019

Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death worldwide, and treating it isn’t easy.  The disease wreaks havoc…
Welding with stem cells for next-generation surgical glues

April 24, 2019

Scientists at the University of Bristol have invented a new technology that could lead to the development of…
Engineered Vessels Evolve into Living Tissue

March 29, 2019

In one of the longest follow-up studies of its kind, researchers found that their specially bioengineered blood vessels…
Lab grown “brains” successfully model disease

March 28, 2019

The human brain is one of the most complex organs. Its complexity challenges our ability to study its…
New 3-D printing approach makes cell-scale lattice structures

March 27, 2019

A new way of making scaffolding for biological cultures could make it possible to grow cells that are…
Feeling groovy: Neurons integrate better with muscle grown on grooved platforms

January 23, 2019

Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering…
A human brain model in a petri dish?

January 18, 2019

Research scientists around the world are now able to investigate the structural, cellular and developmental intricacies of the…
Micropores let oxygen and nutrients inside biofabricated tissues

December 21, 2018

Micropores in fabricated tissues such as bone and cartilage allow nutrient and oxygen diffusion into the core, and…
Vascudyne to commercialize biologic engineered tissue with potential to transform medical device technology

December 5, 2018

University of Minnesota Technology Commercialization today announced the formal launch of Vascudyne Inc., a startup company based in…
Treating spinal pain with ‘engineered living tissue’ moves closer to reality

December 4, 2018

For the first time, bioengineered spinal discs were successfully implanted and provided long-term function in the largest animal…
Easy to Use 3D Bioprinting Technique Creates Lifelike Tissues From Natural Materials

November 29, 2018

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural…
Scientists Use Patients’ Own Cells and Materials to Engineer Fully Personalized Tissue Implants of Any Kind

November 13, 2018

In a new study, Tel Aviv University researchers reveal how they invented the first fully personalized tissue implant, engineered from…
3D bioprinting technique could create artificial blood vessels, organ tissue

October 22, 2018

CU Boulder engineers have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for localized control of an object’s firmness,…
The fine print: 3-D-printing cells to produce human tissue

October 16, 2018

With today’s technology, we can 3-D-print sculptures, mechanical parts, prosthetics, even guns and food. But a team of…
Living human tracheas

February 22, 2018

Biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University are growing tracheas by coaxing cells to form three distinct tissue…
Engineers Hack Cell Biology to Create 3-D Shapes from Living Tissue

December 29, 2017

In the journey from egg to embryo to mature organism, our bodies stretch and wrinkle and fold like…
How to Grow a Spine

September 29, 2017

Like a string of pearls, the spine is made of a series of similar vertebrae. A so-called segmentation…
Human skin cells transformed directly into motor neurons

September 11, 2017

Scientists working to develop new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases have been stymied by the inability to grow human…
Stem cell advance brings bioengineered arteries closer to reality

July 11, 2017

Stem cell biologists have tried unsuccessfully for years to produce cells that will give rise to functional arteries…
Houston team one step closer to growing capillaries

July 11, 2017

In their work toward 3-D printing transplantable tissues and organs, bioengineers and scientists from Rice University and Baylor…
3D bone-like tissues made from pluripotent stem cells

June 28, 2017

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a cell culture method that generates three-dimensional bone-like tissues from…
An Orchestrated Process: Culturing embryonic stem cells using light

May 17, 2017

Nothing beats nature. The diverse and wonderful varieties of cells and tissues that comprise the human body are…
First synthetic retina created

May 8, 2017

Until now, all artificial retinal research has used only rigid, hard materials. The new research, by Vanessa Restrepo-Schild,…
Human forebrain circuits under construction – in a dish

April 29, 2017

National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded neuroscientists have created a 3D window into the human brain’s budding executive hub…
Researchers develop device that emulates human kidney function

February 11, 2017

Model kidney could replace animal, human testing Instead of running tests on live kidneys, researchers at Binghamton, University…
Scientists create organs-on-chips for large-scale drug screening

February 9, 2017

Microtissue technology seen as improvement for drug compound discovery Led by UCI professor of molecular biology & biochemistry…
Study pinpoints how skin cells’ identity can be disassembled to create stem cells

January 21, 2017

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have published a…
Scientists tissue-engineer part of human stomach in laboratory

January 4, 2017

Researchers can grow functional stomach and intestinal tissues to study diseases, new drugs Scientists report in Natureusing pluripotent…
Project investigates tissue-engineered arteries for transplant

November 17, 2016

The prospect of creating artery “banks” available for cardiovascular surgery, bypassing the need to harvest vessels from the…
Scientists develop tissue-engineered model of human lung and trachea

November 13, 2016

Scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have developed a tissue-engineered model of lung and trachea which contains the…
New technique generates human neural stem cells for tissue engineering, 3-D brain models

September 13, 2016

Process could pave way for engineering innervated tissues such as skin, cornea Tufts University researchers have discovered a…
Functional human tissue-engineered liver generated from stem and progenitor cells

August 30, 2016

A research team led by investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has generated…
Using Cardiac Cells from Rats, Scientists Had Developed a Robotic Stingray

July 9, 2016

A team of researchers led by Harvard bio-engineer Kit Parker had developed a one-of-a-kind robot made almost entirely…
3D printing produces cartilage from strands of bioink

June 30, 2016

Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage…
Building a smart cardiac patch

June 27, 2016

‘Bionic’ cardiac patch could one day monitor and respond to cardiac problems Scientists and doctors in recent decades…
Starving stem cells may enable scientists to build better blood vessels

June 25, 2016

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have uncovered how changes in metabolism of…
A new bio-ink for 3-D printing with stem cells

June 25, 2016

The new stem cell-containing bio ink allows 3D printing of living tissue, known as bio-printing. The new bio-ink…
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