Blueprint for ‘bioprinting’: The world inches closer to 3D-printed body parts

The future is (nearly) now when it comes to printing our own replacement body parts, according to research cited in a recent article from the Chicago Tribune.

For the past 10 years, researchers have been developing an “integrated tissue and organ printing system” capable of printing small structures—such as liver tissue and heart valves—using biodegradable materials containing human cells.

Anthony Atala, MD, lead author of the study and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, believes that “with further development, this technology could potentially be used to print living tissue and organ structures for surgical implantation."

Read more about Atala and his colleagues’ research by clicking the link below: