Back to top In what is believed to be a world first, researchers from the Istituto Ortopedico in Rizzoli, Bologna, 3D bioprinted a human cell-laden collagen meniscus (aka the cartilage that cushions your thighbone and shinbone). If you live an active lifestyle, you may be at risk of meniscal injuries. Researchers from the Istituto Ortopedico in Rizzoli, Bologna, paint a bleak picture of this injury as, if you are young and undergo surgery, you may later face osteoarthritis. However, if you simply live with the meniscal injury, you’ll be in pain. What’s the solution? The researchers think they’ve found one in 3D bioprinting. During their proof-of-concept research, they developed a cellularized human meniscus by using the technology. The team was inspired by many of the projects in recent years which have produced bioartificial substitutes to restore the function of damaged organs using growth factors, cells, and biomaterials. Current methods […]

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