UAB nanoscaffold could revolutionize laboratory cell growth

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham may have found a better way to engineer organic tissues.

A three-dimensional electrospun nanoscaffold is used to grow tissues better than the traditional methods of electrospinning. Current methods create densely packed sheet-like structures that prevent cells from penetrating the nanoscaffold.

"Our three-dimensional electrospun nanoscaffolds better mimic nature and encourage cells to live longer and generate more viable, or functional, tissues," says Bryan Adam Blakeney, a recent graduate of the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering and a lead author on the study recently published online by the journal Biomaterials.

The discovery is expected to make breakthroughs for the regeneration of many different tissues that can be damaged by disease or other causes.

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