Researchers spin living nanothreads for repair work

Two researchers at University College London have used printing technology to weave polymer nanofibers together in a way that may eventually allow them to develop living tissue that can be used to repair the body. These nanothreads could be used to regrow tissue, for example. Researchers created the nanothreads by threading living brain cells through a polymer that flowed around the chain. "This has far-reaching implications and will enable significant advances to be made in technologies ranging from tissue engineering to regenerative medicine," said the report in Biomacromolecules.

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