Scientists have developed an innovative 3D bioprinter capable of generating replacement tissue that’s strong enough to withstand transplantation. To show its power, the scientists printed a jaw bone, muscle, and cartilage structures, as well as a stunningly accurate human ear.
A study published last week in the journal Biofabrication describes a new technique to build replacements for damaged three dimensional human tissues. The researchers running the study are trying to make an eardrum. But their technique, if successful, might also one day create replacements for complex reproductive tissues.
No mention about epidermis, as skin grafts are generally “robbing Peter to pay Paul”. Oh, the fun of grafting skin from an untanned patch to a tanned one… 😉
Tissue engineering could mean enhancement as well. Current breast implants are good for 10 years? And that’s besides the physical impact of what is removed to place and anchor an implant. Think how weird it’ll be to have seniors with perfect breasts… Guys are increasingly getting cosmetic surgery too – butt, pec, abs, calf implants… Tissue engineering is likely to drive down the price on the current augmentation approach.