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Web Date: September 23, 2016

Going to new lengths with better fibers

Microfluidics produces thinner, stronger, longer collagen fibers
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: tissue engineering, biobased materials, collagen, microfibers, microfluidics, bioengineering

Being able to replace torn tendons or repair damaged nerves is an attractive prospect in medicine, and it will probably require being able to produce collagen fibers that mimic the real thing. Unfortunately, existing methods for making collagen fiber don’t reach that goal. The main method, wet spinning, produces fibers that are relatively short and a bit too thick. Now a team of researchers has used microfluidics to create fibers that are thinner, stronger, and . . .

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