Scientists 3D-print ‘high-resolution’ living tissue
Scientists at Oxford University have discovered a ground-breaking way of 3D-printing living tissue which could pave the way for regenerative medicine and help to save humanity.
This new way to 3D-print stem cells to recreate complex living tissues was developed by Bristol’s School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in collaboration with Oxford scientists.
Regenerative medicine can be revolutionizing by this new technology as reproduction of complex tissue is possible and could replace or repair severed or damaged areas of the body.
Researchers claim in their paper “The versatility and robust nature of our approach provides a new set of tools for bottom-up tissue engineering at a low cost”, published in Scientific Reports.
Cells movement within the printed structures has been proven one of the main hurdles of 3D-printing organic matter and this leads to soft scaffoldings, which are supporting them will tend to collapse.
The production of tissue in self-contained cells is the new method, which could support the structures and eventually could help them keep their shape.
“We were aiming to fabricate 3D living tissues that could display the basic behaviors and physiology found in natural organisms,” said Alexander Graham, lead author and 3D Bioprinting Scientist at OxSyBio (Oxford Synthetic Biology).