Bioprinted ‘cages’ and acoustic sound waves facilitate study of neurons

Written by Georgi Makin

bioprinting nerve cells

Scientists from TU Wien (Vienna, Austria) and Stanford University (CA, USA) have bioprinted microscopic ‘cages’ to enhance the study of the growth of neurons. A collaborative team comprised of scientists from TU Wien (Vienna, Austria) and Stanford University (CA, USA) has bioprinted microscopic ‘cages’ with acoustic sound waves to enable closer study of nerve cells. The technique, described in Biofabrication, involves the 3D bioprinting of ‘buckyballs’ – microscopic geometric shapes made of pentagons and hexagons. The buckyball framework allowed the team to grow a large number of nerve cells in a small space and influence the cells’ behavior, as Aleksandr...

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