Bioprinting with living "ink" may lead to transplantable human organs

3D printing has already created a human trachea built out of stem cells that has saved the life of a 2-year old. The new technology allows printing of tissue samples that can be kept alive on a microchip, using a blood substitute. Currently, printing is limited to one cell thickness deep, or the cells suffocate—but a Virginia foundation has offered a $1million dollar prize for the first 3D printed working liver, and perhaps kidneys will be next.

Read the full article » | Posted 04-09-2014

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