3-D models of cancer biology - Invited Review

J Kim, RC Stein, MJ O'Hare

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Three-dimensional (3D) tissue culture models have an invaluable role in tumour biology today providing some very important insights into cancer biology. As well as increasing our understanding of homeostasis, cellular differentiation and tissue organization they provide a well defined environment for cancer research in contrast to the complex host environment of an in vivo model. Due to their enormous potential 3D tumour cultures are currently being exploited by many branches of biomedical science with therapeutically orientated studies becoming the major focus of research. Recent advances in 3D culture and tissue engineering techniques have enabled the development of more complex heterologous 3D tumour models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-377
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in Cancer Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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