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Origami Membrane for 3D Organ Engineering, 2018-ongoing

It is dated 2018-ongoing. Its medium is flat, semi-folded and fully folded models in lightbox, photograph, video.

Scientists at the Wyss Institute are developing an origami-based system for engineered organs. The inflatable origami structure is made of membranes filled with hydrogels that contain organ cells. When the membranes’ panels are inflated with gel, the device collapses into a folded structure without damaging the biological material inside. The team is testing this with kidney cells, for use outside the body as a portable dialysis device.

It is credited Courtesy of Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University.

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