28 Apr '14, 2pm

Cancer research w/ #3DPrinters: #3Dprinting cancer tumors w/live cancer cells. #bioprinting

Cancer research w/ #3DPrinters: #3Dprinting cancer tumors w/live cancer cells. #bioprinting

Drexel's Wei Sun, PhD, Albert Soffa chair professor in the College of Engineering, has devised a method for 3D printing tumors that could soon be taking cancer research out of the petri dish. Using a mixture of cervical cancer cells and a hydrogel substance that resembles an ointment balm, Sun can print out a tumor model that can be used for studying their growth and response to treatment. This living model will give cancer researchers a better look at how tumors behave and a more accurate measure of how they respond to treatment. "This is the first time to report that one can build a 3D in vitro tumor model through 3D Printing technology," said Sun, the director of Drexel's research center at the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute. "This may lead to a new paradigm for cancer research and for individual cancer therapies. We have developed a technological platform and wou...

Full article: http://www.ecnmag.com/news/2014/04/3d-printing-cancer-tumors

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