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