3D Bioprinting Reaches out to Human Embryonic Stem Cells

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013

SEOUL, KOREA – A British research team has successfully developed a 3D printer which is capable of printing human embryonic stem cells. Once this technology is taken to the next level, 3D human organs can be produced, therefore ensuring reliable, animal-free drug testing and the provision of organs for transplant on demand without the need for donation.

This greatest breakthrough in 3D bioprinting yet made has been announced in the journal Biofabrication.  Researchers at Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University have shown that their “valve-based” 3D printer is capable of printing human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Team member Dr. Will Wenmiao Shu predicted, “Human organs can be cloned without the problems of immune suppression and potential organ rejection. In the foreseeable future, a small amount of human cells required for biopsy will be 3D-printed.”

Dr. Will Wenmiao Shu continued “This method is gentle enough to maintain high stem cell viability and, most importantly, 99% of the printed hESCs maintained their pluripotency (the ability to differentiate into any other cell type).”

Sean Chung (hbpark@etnews.com)

**Article provided by etnews [Korea IT News]

[Reference] : http://english.etnews.com/electronics/2715655_1303.html

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