Sunday, May 11, 2014
HeLa Cells Now Used in 3D Bioprinting: the continuing story of Henrietta Lacks
American and Chinese researchers used her cells to create a three dimensional model of a tumor, used to test new drugs in a more realistic way than the traditional single-layer models. the researcher found that around 90% of the cells remained viable after being printed, and that the 3D model was more realistic than the single layer one.
Here is an article with more information on this story and here is an earlier blog post about bioprinting. Or, click the image above to read a February 2002 NPR article about the book.
- By Jane (7th grade)