Ink Jet Printers That Produce Living Tissues

Ink jet printer modified to contain cells, proteins and other biological molecules,  instead of colored inks. The goal is to pinpoint specific biological units in precise X and Y  coordinates on plastic sheets to grow tissue, in the same manner that ink jet printers distribute dots  of color on paper. Photograph © 2003 by Thomas Boland, Ph.D., Clemson  University, Clemson, South Carolina.
Ink jet printer modified to contain cells, proteins and other biological molecules, instead of colored inks. The goal is to pinpoint specific biological units in precise X and Y coordinates on plastic sheets to grow tissue, in the same manner that ink jet printers distribute dots of color on paper. Photograph © 2003 by Thomas Boland, Ph.D., Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

January 25, 2003  Clemson, South Carolina - According to bioengineer, Thomas Boland, at Clemson University in South Carolina, a future is coming in which ink jet printer technology will provide hospitals with full grown organs for transplant into diseased patients - starting from a flat sheet!

 

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