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Hot off the ‘Bioprinter’: Muscle, Bone, and Cartilage

by Will Boggs

Reuters

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3D ‘bioprinter’ produces bone, muscle, and cartilage

A new method of 3D printing can produce human-sized bone, muscle, and cartilage templates that survive when implanted into animals, researchers report.

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Tissue Regeneration: Coming Soon to a Hospital Near You?

Truth truly is stranger than fiction. A team of researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has developed an “integrated tissue and organ printing system” (ITOP). Through 3D bioprinting they’ve produced bone, cartilage and muscle that they’ve transplanted into rats and mice. What future implications might 3D bioprinting hold for healthcare?

It could be a game-changer. The ability to regenerate tissue could have far reaching implications for a multitude of medical needs. As Dr. Lobat Tayebi, with the Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, said: “This is a big step toward producing robust bioprosthetic tissues of any size and shape.”

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