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3d printing chip placenta scientists from mother to child nutrition
Aug 17, 2018

Vienna university of technology (TU Vienna) researchers using high resolution 3 d printing process successfully on a chip 3d printing human placental barrier, this progress can be used to study the mother nutrients transport important aspects to the fetus.

                                Biochip: this is where the research and analysis of the placenta.

The placenta to ensure important material exchange between mother and unborn child, prevent other substances through at the same time.

"Material transport through the biofilm plays an important role in the medical field," TU Vienna Wien, a professor at the university of Aleksandr Ovsianikov said.

"These include blood brain barrier and intake of food in the stomach and intestines, and the placenta."

Research shows that, the mother's illness, such as diabetes, may affect the unborn child.Affect the material to the transportation to the fetus.High blood pressure may also affect material to the transportation to the fetus.So far, still not fully understand what depends on the permeability of the placenta.Directly to study its function in the human body is very difficult.

      TU Wien 3d printer USES the biological compatibility of materials made from tiny structures.

                                                 Artificial pictorial diagram of the placenta.

Researchers at the university of Vienna using specialized development based on femtosecond laser 3d printing technology to produce a very similar to natural human placenta model of organs.This method can make directly in microfluidic chip production custom hydrogel membrane, filling them with placental cells.The researchers say, this means that you can now clearly how to glucose, exchange between mother and baby.

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