0

Melbourne researchers take step towards developing ‘grow your own’ cartilage to treat cancer #3DThursday #3DPrinting

735164 knees

Melbourne researchers take step towards developing ‘grow your own’ cartilage to treat cancer, Herald Sun:

MELBOURNE researchers have taken a big step towards developing “grow your own” cartilage to treat cancers, osteoarthritis and traumatic injury.

In a major breakthrough at St Vincent’s Hospital, pea-sized spheres of cartilage were grown over 28 days.

They were grown using stem cells taken from tissue under the kneecap.

The tissue is normally thrown out during knee reconstructions, thousands of which are carried out in Victoria each year.

Using 3D printing technologies, the researchers created a 3D scaffold on which to grow cartilage cells, or chondrocytes.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Damian Myers said this was the first time true cartilage had been grown, as opposed to “fibrocartilage” that does not work long-term.

“It’s very exciting work, and we’ve done the hard yards to show that what we have cultured is what we want for use in surgery for cartilage repair,” he said.

Cartilage helps distribute the force of movements in joints and allows bones to move smoothly.

But unlike other types of tissue, it lacks its own blood supply, so cannot repair itself when damaged through osteoarthritis, in accidents, or by cancer.

Associate Prof Myers said patients now relied on cartilage transplants or the extraction and re-injection of their own cartilage cells back into their knees or hips.

“A normal cartilage repair might only last a couple of years,” he said.

The bioengineering breakthrough is part of a wider limb regeneration project.

The program would be part of the new Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery, which needs $180 million in government funding to proceed….

Read more.


649-1
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 14,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython 2019!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Kickstarter shutters Drip, its Patreon-like competitor

Wearables — Epoxy and foam, BFFs

Electronics — Connect your grounds!

Biohacking — Vitamin-C + Gelatin for Accelerated Recovery

Python for Microcontrollers — Maintainable code is more important than clever code, FEATHER contest with Digi-Key + Hackaday, and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython #PythonHardware @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF @Adafruit

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Helping Harry's Heart, CircuitPython meets AWS IoT and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — Lenticular Art Display with Crickit

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.