Clemson University Researchers Use 3D Structures to Study Breast Cancer Cells

11:47 AM, Feb 5, 2014   |    comments
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Clemson, SC (WLTX) -- Clemson University bioengineers are developing a new way of studying cancer cells in breast tissue. The researchers are building scaffolds that mimic human tissue. They then use a machine called a bio-fabricator to place cancer cells inside the 3D structure and then experiment to see which treatments are most effective.

Some of the 3D structures they use are as simple as small pools of gel, while others are custom shapes stacked on each other. Clemson Bioengineer Karen Burg says "Depending on whether the person is a late-stage cancer patient or an early-stage cancer patient will make a big difference in the type of three-dimensional structure that we would build."

They hope the study will some day change how doctors are able to treat cancer patients.

Clemson received a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help support the research. 

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