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 Ink-jet printing of living tissue2003-01-24 23:59
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New Scientist reports that scientists have some success with using modified desktop printers to 'print' three-dimensional structures out of living cell tissue. Sounds crazy, but they say it is a step towards creating blood vessels or whole organs that way. Part of the magic comes from the observation that bits of tissue placed next to each other naturally will fuse together. So, if they're small enough, and close enough, they'll stick together. And ink-jet printers are about spewing out little blobs of stuff that are really close to each other.

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