3D Model of Cancer Cells successfully created to study Cancerous Tumours

Three-dimensional printing of Hela cells for cervical tumor model in vitro

image of 3-D printing cancer cells to mimic tumors
With the advent of 3D printing, it is now possible to provide a more realistic representation of the environment surrounding a cancer cell. 
Image courtesy of IOP @PhysicsNews

A 3-D model of a cancerous tumor using a 3-D printer has been successfully created by a group of researchers in China and the US. The model consists of a grid structure, 10 mm in width and length, made from gelatin, alginate and fibrin, which recreates the fibrous proteins that make up the extracellular matrix of a tumor. ” With further understanding of these 3D models, we can use them to study the development, invasion, metastasis and treatment of cancer using specific cancer cells from patients. We can also use these models to test the efficacy and safety of new cancer treatment therapies and new cancer drugs.” Professor Wei Sun, from Tsinghua University, China, and Drexel University, USA, the lead author of the research stated.

Sources:
  • Press release: 3D printing cancer cells to mimic tumours
    Institute of Physics, IOP News 11 April 2014.
  • Study: Three-dimensional printing of Hela cells for cervical tumor model in vitro
    IOP Science, doi:10.1088/1758-5082/6/3/035001 11 April 2014.

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