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New patterning technology ‘could help to recreate biological environments’

20th December 2017

UK researchers have developed new patterning technology that could be used to recreate complex biological environments for a range of applications.

The Queen Mary University of London team have created a simple and inexpensive fabrication technique called 3DEAL, which can be used to generate complex molecular patterns within soft matter such as hydrogels.

These patterns offer microscale resolution and centimetres of depth, potentially making it possible to create 3D hydrogel environments with precise spatial control of their chemical composition, allowing biological scenarios such as 3D molecular gradients or patterns to be replicated.

Using this method, it could be possible to design new drug screening platforms or build complex tissue-engineered constructs, while more complex patterning could also be achieved with further research.

Lead researcher Professor Alvaro Mata, from Queen Mary's school of engineering and materials science, said: "New ways to fabricate environments that can recreate physical and chemical features of such structures would have important implications in the way more efficient drugs are developed or more functional tissue and organ constructs can be engineered."

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