Handheld 3D printer creates on-demand skin grafts

Handheld 3D printer creates on-demand skin grafts

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Researchers at the University of Toronto built a handheld 3D printer that produces living skin cells. Similar in looks to a tape dispenser, the printer produces a variety of skin tissues. Additionally, the 3D printed skin grows from a patient’s own stem cells so is an exact biological match for each person. This greatly reduces the likelihood of the patient’s body rejecting a skin graft. Using the skin also eliminates the need for painful harvesting of tissue from elsewhere on the body. This helps patients with extensive burns or deep cuts. It also lessens the number of procedures a patient would need because wounds are covered completely in one session.

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