In terms of scope and application, hydrogels have advanced greatly since early reports of the material surfaced in the 1960s. A half-century later, researchers now add hydrophilic polymer materials to their microplates for a wide swath of investigations, including tissue regeneration.
With emerging innovations in bioprinting and adaptive bioengineering, the innovations just keep on growing, flooding the market with exciting new options to add to your lab's 3D cell culture toolkit. But which type of hydrogel is right for you?
It depends on many factors — primarily, your research track. Let's take a look at the broad groups of hydrogels, including their functional applications for building in vivo-like environments.