Encapsulating cells inside exogenous materials is a challenge as old as bread-making! The artificially colored Scanning Electron Microscopy in the background shows a yeast cell (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) inside a thin-walled alginate macroporous foam. Unlike bread-making, where the baking temperature induces cell death, we focus on the devising new ways to preserve cell viability while precisely shaping the architecture of these new cellularized macroporous materials. Preserving the metabolic activity of cells inside macroporous materials is instrumental in developing new biomaterials able to tackle radically different challenges, from degrading soil pollutants to developing the future materials for healthcare applications.
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