Book Chapter

3D bioprinting adipose tissue for breast reconstruction

MP Chae, DJ Hunter-Smith, SV Murphy, MW Findlay

3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery: Techniques and Applications | Published : 2018


Three-dimensional bioprinting has garnered immense interest over the past decade based on its potential to provide a means to rapidly manufacture replacement body parts that replace like with like and are immediately biocompatible. Despite promising advances in bioprinting, it is still immensely difficult to reproduce the delicate structure-function relationships of complex tissues and organs using this approach. In this way, the bioprinting of functional autologous solid organs (e.g., kidney or heart) remains an aspirational goal. However, the formation of more simple tissues such as adipose tissue for breast reconstruction, represents a lower-hanging fruit in translational bioprinting rese..

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