Researchers Developing A Method To Print Skin

Researchers Developing A Method To Print Skin

We will soon be able to print skin… with inkjet cartridges.  Yes, real living human skin. Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are developing this amazing technology.

“We started out by taking a typical desktop inkjet cartridge. Instead of ink we use cells, which are placed in the cartridge,” said Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest institute.

Here’s how it works, A chemical solution is used to collect a very small skin sample from a patient. Next, the skin cells are separated and placed into incubators to replicate.  The newly replicated cells are then placed in an inkjet cartridge and printed on the patient.

No, the patient doesn’t need to be loaded into a paper tray, the skin printer has pressurized nozzles that disperse the skin cells from a reasonable and safe distance.

Several universities are conducting similar research and feel that other organs can also be printed using similar technology.  They will discuss their findings on Sunday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference.

Source: CNN

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