Replacing Animal Testing with Synthetic Cell Scaffolds
Electrospun synthetic cell scaffolds are not only more consistent than animal cells for cancer research, they hold the potential to replace animal testing.
Smitha Rao (BioMed) and student researchers in her lab are studying how electrospinning synthetic 3D cell scaffolds at different voltages can change their stiffness, structure and shape, upon which they grow different human cancer cell lines. Not only do the synthetic scaffolds remove the inconsistency of animal cells from the study of cellular growth, the researchers believe they may in the future be able to engineer cell scaffolding to make the area around a tumor in a person’s body a far less hospitable place for cancer cells to grow.
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