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May 2, 2013 AT 9:00 am

Fascinating And Frightening Ways 3D Bioprinting Is The Next Big Thing In Medicine And Science #3dthursday

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Here’s a selection of 3D bioprinting’s bright ideas and bodyshocks from International Business Times’s “11 Fascinating And Frightening Ways 3D Bioprinting Is The Next Big Thing In Medicine And Science”:

3D printing technology is taking off in the medical science community, especially in emerging methods known as “bioprinting.” Instead of inks, plastics and other artificial materials, science and medical labs use a patient’s actual living human cells to replicate organs that the body can recognize and accept.

3D bioprinting has tremendous promise for medical professionals, but it could also forever change areas such as cosmetic surgery and food engineering (not to mention counterfeiting or spy disguises). Here are some of the latest innovations happening in 3D printing and 3D bioprinting.

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Some bioprinting labs are using cells to print sheets of skin for skin grafting procedures.

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Modern Meadow is a 3D bioprinting startup that aims to develop cell-based products to replace beef and leather. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is investing $350,000 in the company.

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Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have developed tissue aimed at replicating the outer ear using bioprinting.

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The scientists at Wake Forest IRM are also using bioprinting to develop a replacement bladder.

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Connecticut-based Oxford Performance Materials used 3D printing to replace bone and insert the material into an American patient’s skull in March 2013.

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Photo: Yves Herman / Geoff Pugh
Eric Moger survived the removal of a large tumor under his face but lived for a period with an unsightly hole. Doctors used 3D printing to produce a fleshy prosthetic. Pictured also is a life-size model of a similar complex anaplastology case created by anaplastologist Jan De Cubber at the Belgian company Materialise, the biggest 3D printer in Europe.

Click through to read the rest of them!


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