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Bioprinting a Healthier Future

Bioprinting a Healthier Future

The unquestionably exciting field of 3D bioprinting is booming. It’s vibrant, determined, and sustained by a robust foundation of decades of research.

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Bioprinted organs aren’t yet being transplanted into human subjects; however, complex bioprinted human tissue patterns are vastly accelerating the field, and human tissue is being printed in labs in nearly every country. In a relatively recent breakthrough at the University of Newcastle, U.K., human corneas were successfully 3D printed with the use of a bioprinter and bioink. All it took was scanning a patient’s eye, converting the data into a file for 3D printing, a suitable bioink made of alginate and collagen, stems cells, and 10 minutes of printing for the team to create a patient-specific cornea.

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It’s not that simple, of course. But the thrilling part is that it’s happening right now and there’s lots more of it on the way. Here are three applications in […]

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