Study raises notion of ‘printing’ tissue, and one day organs

Posted on October 14, 2007 

Study raises notion of ‘printing’ tissue, and one day organs

The inkjet printer may appear to be an unlikely solution to the organ donor shortage problem, but it might not be as far-fetched as it sounds.

Scientists have already used inkjet printers to “print” bacteria, yeast and even human stem cells and they are exploring how to use the office workhorse to create 3D cell structures in a tissue matrix.

If they can figure out how to create more complex tissues, they will be one step closer to creating implantable organs, a scientist said in a paper published in the journal Science Friday.

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