Description Here, a reproductive biologist and a materials scientist and engineer teamed up to help cancer survivors who struggle to conceive children. The image centers on a mouse ovarian follicle (in purple). Normally follicles develop into eggs within healthy ovaries, but they can be damaged by harsh cancer therapies. Laronda and Jakus have created a new paper-like biomaterial made of ovarian proteins (in green). It is designed to support follicles as they develop into mature eggs. Someday supportive biomaterials like these could help cancer survivors grow families of their own. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology + Department of Materials Science & Engineering Woodruff Lab, OncofertilityTools & Techniques: Scanning Electron Microscope + colored in Photoshop
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