Biomedial Engineers Develop Process to 3D-Print Human Tissue Using Stem Cells from Fat Tissue

Published by , October 12, 2018 5:22 am

(3Ders.org) University of Utah biomedical engineers have developed a method to 3D print cells to produce human tissue such as ligaments and tendons using a modified 3D printer and stem cells harvested from fat tissue. The 3D printing method, which took two years to research, involves taking stem cells from the patient’s fat tissue and printing them on the surface of a hydrogel, to form a tendon or ligament which would later grow in vitro in a culture before being implanted.
In the future, people suffering from damaged tendons, ligaments or spinal disc ruptures could simply have new replacement tissue printed and ultimately implanted in the damaged area.

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