Cotton candy machines could one day be used for making artificial organs
Cotton candy machines certainly do an amazing job at transforming sugar into a magically fluffy treat, but the method can also be useful in making complex capillary systems.
Scientists at Vanderbilt University are using machinery and technology inspired by the carnival food standbys to conquer a persistent problem in making artificial organs – developing working fluid conduits.
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The advantages the sugar spinners offer are many, and include the production of ideal filament size and the ability to churn out foundations for intricate 3D models.
They, combined with materials boasting solubility thresholds, have proven to be a highly promising method for accomplishing a very tricky task.
Previous attempts using more traditional approaches have been unable to rise above the challenge of building layers of cells quickly enough to keep all of them viable.
As the cotton candy approach creates more mass per effort, cellular death over time is less of a concern.
Going forward, researchers will be making adjustments to the means so a wide variety of cell and tissue types can be employed and created.
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