Thursday, February 07, 2008

Fabbers as tissue engineering tools

In late 2006, Gabor Forgacs and other researchers pioneered tissue engineering techniques using 3d printers. This obviously is not a hobbyist application but it's very interesting, and could save thousands of lives. The technique involves alternate layers of "biopaper" and "bioink", the former being a temporary scaffolding gel and the latter being a suspension of adult stem cells.

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