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Biofabrication: A Guide to Technology and Terminology

Moroni, Lorenzo, Boland, Thomas, Burdick, Jason A., De Maria, Carmelo, Derby, Brian, Forgacs, Gabor, Groll, Jürgen, Li, Qing, Malda, Jos, Mironov, Vladimir A., Mota, Carlos, Nakamura, Makoto, Shu, Wenmiao, Takeuchi, Shoji, Woodfield, Tim B.F., Xu, Tao, Yoo, James J., Vozzi, Giovanni
Trends in biotechnology 2018 v.36 no.4 pp. 384-402
biofabrication, medicine, models, terminology, tissue repair, tissues
Biofabrication holds the potential to generate constructs that more closely recapitulate the complexity and heterogeneity of tissues and organs than do currently available regenerative medicine therapies. Such constructs can be applied for tissue regeneration or as in vitro 3D models. Biofabrication is maturing and growing, and scientists with different backgrounds are joining this field, underscoring the need for unity regarding the use of terminology. We therefore believe that there is a compelling need to clarify the relationship between the different concepts, technologies, and descriptions of biofabrication that are often used interchangeably or inconsistently in the current literature. Our objective is to provide a guide to the terminology for different technologies in the field which may serve as a reference for the biofabrication community.