Wednesday, 03 August 2022 11:04

Innsbruck: human, patient-specific 3D model of tumor microenvironment Featured

A team of researchers from Innsbruck has developed a three-dimensionally printed tumor model with a human tissue microenvironment. The aim is to study the development of tumors in even greater detail and to test cancer drugs for their effectiveness.

The novel 3D tumor microenvironment model was developed by the scientists Prof. Dr. Michael Außerlechner, Dipl. Ing. Dr. Judith Hagenbuchner and Daniel Nothdurfter in the 3D bio-printing laboratory of the Medical University of Innsbruck. The human cells of the model grow in a hydrogel in a microfluidic system made of plastic. The researchers are able to create fine capillaries similar to blood vessels with the bio-printer, so that all cells in the tissue model can be supplied with sufficient oxygen, nutrients and, if necessary, a drug.

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