North Wollongong lab on the brink of world-first medical breakthrough

Kate McIlwain
Updated February 15 2024 - 2:20pm, first published February 13 2024 - 10:00am
UOW's Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace with the specially designed 3D printer which will print cells needed to form bio-engineered corneas. Picture by Adam McLean
UOW's Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace with the specially designed 3D printer which will print cells needed to form bio-engineered corneas. Picture by Adam McLean

In a lab not far from the beach in North Wollongong, a team of scientists have been painstakingly working out how to recreate the delicate transparent structure of the human cornea.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For more than a decade, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. Currently I'm the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents in the wake of a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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