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Laser-welded sugar: Sweet way to 3D-print blood vessels

Published (updated: ) in Tech News.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200629120203.htm

Powdered sugar is the special ingredient in a Rice University recipe for mimicking the body’s intricate, branching blood vessels in lab-grown tissues.

In research published today in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, Rice bioengineers showed they could keep densely packed cells alive for two weeks in relatively large constructs by creating complex blood vessel networks from templates of 3D-printed sugar.

Date:
June 29, 2020
Source:
Rice University
Summary:
Bioengineers have shown they can keep densely packed cells alive in lab-grown tissues by creating complex networks of branching blood vessels from templates of 3D-printed sugar.