3D Bio-Printer Can Create Full-Sized Bone, Muscle and Ear Tissues

Peter Diamantis 20 februari 2016

What it is: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine researchers have created a 3D bioprinter that creates transplant-ready replacement tissue. Muscle tissue, jaw bones, cartilage structures, and a full-sized human ear have all been printed with the bioprinter, which uses bio-materials instead of the plastics, metals and resins that other 3D printers use.

Why it's important: Bioprinters aren't new, but previous versions couldn't produce tissue strong enough to withstand surgical transplants. This particular printer can -- bringing us one step closer to printing replacement body parts for humans in a plug-and-play fashion.