Saturday, April 10, 2010

3-D Printing Body Parts...!?

3-D printing isn't anything new when it comes to rapid-prototyping designs. But with the new Bio-Printer technology we can print out new body parts, organs, and veins with a touch of a button (so to speak)...
The 3D bio-printer allows scientists to place cells of almost any type into a desired 3D pattern. It includes two print heads, one for placing human cells, and the other for placing a hydrogel, scaffold, or support matrix. The cells used by the device need to be the cells of what is being regenerated – building an artery requires arterial cells for example. Because the patient’s own cells are used the new organ will not be rejected by the body. 
via Gizmag

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