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Octopus-Inspired Sucker for Tranplanting Cell Sheets – Medgadget

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Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a sucker to pick up and transfer thin cell or tissue sheets that are intended for therapeutic purposes, such as wound healing or tissue grafting. Inspired by octopus suckers, the device can gently manipulate the delicate sheets without causing damage, and uses heating and a temperature-responsive hydrogel to create suction between the sucker and the sheet.
“For the last few decades, cell or tissue sheets have been increasingly used to tre…

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