New technique allows 3D printing of human tissue

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With existing technology, engineers can print ballet shoes, bike tyres and even a pedestrian bridge. But a team of biomedical engineers at the University of Utah have now developed a way to 3D-print human tissues. The team, led by Robert Bowles, have pioneered a technique to print tendon and ligament tissue. The technique could eventually allow doctors to print replacement tissues for those suffering from damaged tendons, ligaments or spinal disc ruptures. The process involves using the printer to layer the stem cells on a hydrogel medium. The cells are then grown in vitro in a culture before being implanted…

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