3D-printed smart gel changes shape when exposed to light

IMAGE: This octopus has color-changing cells, called chromatophores, in its skin, a phenomenon that inspired Rutgers engineers. view more  Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011 Inspired by the color-changing skin of cuttlefish, octopuses and squids, Rutgers engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that changes shape when exposed to light, becomes “artificial muscle” […]

New plant-based gel to fast-track ‘mini-organs’ growth, improve cancer treatment — ScienceDaily

– Monash University researchers have created the world’s first bioactive plant-based nanocellulose hydrogel to support organoid growth for biomedical applications. This includes cancer development and treatment. Nanocellulose gels cost a fraction of the price compared to the current gold standard. These hydrogels are plant-based and animal-free, and can mimic the human body conditions on a […]

Gel instrumental in 3D bioprinting biological tissues

IMAGE: Bioprinting mesenchymal stem cell spheroids in the form of helix within a yield-stress gel. view more  Credit: Ozbolat Lab at Penn State The eventual creation of replacement biological parts requires fully three-dimensional capabilities that two-dimensional and three-dimensional thin-film bioprinting cannot supply. Now, using a yield stress gel, Penn State engineers can place tiny aggregates of […]