Scotland Researchers Make Bioprinting Breakthrough

Bioprinting is a rapidly growing field that shows plenty of promise for improving the lives of people around the world. As such, it is a subject we’ve covered before. Just like with other additive manufacturing (AM) processes, however, bioprinting has a plethora of uses. All those smart people in lab coats keep coming up with new ideas.

A team of researchers in Scotland have made a breakthrough in bioprinting by discovering a method of printing human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). This advance could enable 3D tissues and other organic structures to be built, allowing for faster drug testing, among other possible applications. Continue reading

Bioprinting with Sugar

I didn’t read a ton of Sci-Fi when I was a kid (Tolkien was more my thing), but I did read enough of it to expect to someday have cloned organs appear as an alternative to donated organs. I did not, however, expect that these organs might be created using sugar or even have any concept of bioprinting.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) have figured out how to use a 3D printer and sugar to create a vascular system. The research is revealed in journal Nature Materials. When mixed with bio-gels like fibrin, Matrigel or extracellular matrix (ECM) mimics, the process has the potential for building viable organs.

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