3D Printing Cancerous Cells Can be Used to Further Cancer Research

Using 3D printers, researchers have made a tumor-like lump of cancerous cells. Researchers say that this lump resembles natural cancer more closely than the two-dimensional cells that are grown in lab dishes and currently used for study and drug testing.

The 3D printed tumors contain actual cancerous cells that were taken from cancer patients. The cells were then combined with a mixture of gelatin and fibrous proteins, and fed into a 3D cell printer that the researchers had developed. The printer created a grid structure by printing one layer at a time.

The cells were then allowed to grow. After five days the cells took on a spherical shape. The spheres continued to grow for three more days. The resulting structure is said to resemble the fibrous proteins that form the extra cellular matrix of a tumor. … (Read more)

Source: 3DPrinter.net

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