Bioprinting of renal models

carlos mota

by Carlos Mota, MERLN – Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine

End-stage renal disease (ESRD) affect 10% of the world’s population. Temporary therapies such as dialysis and organ transplantation are deemed insufficient for ESRD patient treatment. Furthermore, due to donor organ shortage multiple patients die while waiting for a suitable organ. Alternative therapies are of outmost importance to circumvent these limitations, but suitable approached to investigate renal disease and regeneration are limited are still largely dependent on animal models. In vitro models with relevant physiologic mimicry and function are necessary for the development of alternative therapies and to unravel new treatment possibilities.

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Technique Produces ‘Organoids’ Useful in Cancer Research, Drug Screening

A UCSF-led team has developed a technique to build tiny models of human tissues, called organoids, more precisely than ever before using a process that turns human cells into a biological equivalent of LEGO bricks. These mini-tissues in a dish can be used to study how particular structural features of tissue affect normal growth or go awry in cancer. They could be used for therapeutic drug screening and to help teach researchers how to grow whole human organs. Continue reading “Technique Produces ‘Organoids’ Useful in Cancer Research, Drug Screening”