Bio-Paper for Printing Organs

November 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Biotech, Future, Health, Materials | 3 Comments »

An emerging branch of medicine called “organ printing” takes a patient’s own healthy cells and uses a printer, cell-based “bio-ink” and “bio-paper” to create tissue to repair a damaged organ.

A new hydrogel or “bio-paper”,developed by the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, enables printing of organs by layering thin sheets embedded with cells. The cells and liquid hydrogel are put in the printer cartridge and then dropped into three-dimensional, 1-microliter dots that form layers as the hydrogel hardens. The cells form tissue that can be implanted into a damaged organ. Glenn D. Prestwich believes testing will begin on humans in the next year as research pushes to repair damaged organs in real-time.

via Medgadget

3 Comments on “Bio-Paper for Printing Organs”

  1. 1 dunneIV » What body would you like to go out in today? said at 10:37 pm on November 10th, 2005:

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  2. 2 Nerdshit » Blog Archive » Bio-Paper for Printing Organs said at 2:55 pm on November 13th, 2005:

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  3. 3 Chat en Juarez said at 10:50 pm on June 7th, 2006:

    This is very interesting concept. It’s amazing the advances in science and technology now a days.

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