Friday, 11 January 2013

Printed human tissue becomes a reality.

Muscle (green) and nerve (red) cells suspended in the bio-ink
Printed tissue replacements using inkjet printers has took a step closer to becoming a reality! 

For some time scientists have been experimenting with the potential of using inkjet print heads to print 3D structures of living human tissue, but designing the ‘ink’ capable of carrying cells has been a challenge 

A team of scientists led by ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) have developed a new bio-ink capable of carrying these cells through the printer which improves the viability and allows better control of cell position through the printing process.

"These advances in biofabrication provide a platform to address diseases previously thought 'unstumpable'—soon we can watch them walk the walk," Professor Wallace of ACES said.