Volume 90 Issue 28 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 9, 2012

Sugar Scaffold Templates Blood Vessels

Bioengineering: 3-D-printed sugar lattices provide vascular network for lab-grown material
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: tissue engineering, blood vessels, 3-D printing

Sacrificial glass lattices made of sugar provide a new way to pattern blood vessels to create large engineered tissues that could be used to construct artificial organs, a team of researchers reports (Nat. Mater., DOI: 10.1038/nmat3357).

Cells in the center of thick lab-grown tissues usually die because they are too far away from a source of nutrients. The lack of methods to incorporate . . .

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