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3D printing technique differentiates stem cells into heart cells

3D printing technique differentiates stem cells into heart cells

Written by David

August 14, 2020

A new study has shown that 3D printing can be used to control stem cell differentiation into embryoid bodies that replicate heart cells.


Scientists report that they have printed heart cells using additive manufacturing to control stem cell differentiation in embryoid bodies, which are stem cells packed into small cellular aggregates or spheres.


From the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the researchers adopted a multidisciplinary approach by combining the research domains of three-dimensional (3D) manufacturing and life sciences. PhD student Rupambika Das and Assistant Professor Javier Fernandez 3D printed several micro-scaled physical devices with finely tuned geometries. They then used these devices to demonstrate an unprecedented precision in the directed differentiation of stem cells through the formation of embryoid bodies.


In their study, the researchers successfully regulated the parameters for enhancing the production of cardiomyocytes, cells which are found in the heart. These parameters included cell numbers, […]


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