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Another Dimension: 3D Cell Growth Opens New Pathway for Spinal Cord Repair

(Griffith University) Griffith University researchers have opened a new avenue to advance a therapy to repair the paralysed spinal cord.
A paper … presents a novel technique to grow cells in three dimensions, without the traditional restrictions of matrix or scaffolds.
By using floating liquid marbles, cells can freely associate and form natural structures as they would normally within the human body.
"Allowing cells to grow in this 3D format dramatically increases their growth and function and is particularly useful for spinal transplantation repair in which cells are transplanted into the injury site," says research supervisor Dr James St John, from Griffith's Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery.
The technique was developed when neurobiology merged with microfluidic engineering technology.
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