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Blood Vessels from a Candy Machine?

As strange as it sounds, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. might have succeeded in creating a 3D capillary system using a $40 cotton candy machine.  Capillaries are tiny blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood and nutrients to cells and then carry away waste products.

This might be a breakthrough in the field of artificial organs.  Creating these networks of capillaries can help keep artificial organs alive.

According to the article COTTON CANDY MACHINE SPINS OUT 3D VASCULAR SYSTEM, the goal of one of the researchers has been,

“to make fiber networks that can be used as templates to produce the capillary systems required to create full-scale artificial organs.”

To read the full article, click here COTTON CANDY MACHINE SPINS OUT 3D VASCULAR SYSTEM.


Vascular Associates of Northern Virginia, P.C.
Vascular Laboratory

Our Physicians:
Robert S. Podolsky, M.D.
Avisesh Sahgal, M.D.

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