Rapid prototyping of hydrogels to guide tissue formation
The high biocompatibility of hydrogels, their tunable biochemical and mechanical properties, and the myriad methods available for patterning their structure in both two and three dimensions make hydrogels an excellent family of materials for investigating fundamental mechanisms of cell biology and engineering the cellular microenvironment. Ultimately, the vascularization of hydrogels through three-dimensional rapid prototyping and three-dimensional biochemical patterning at subcellular resolution will enable the investigation of small tissue mimics and continue progress toward true synthetic tissues and organs for human transplantation. © Springer 2008.
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