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.

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