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Oxford University Team 3D Prints Living Tissue reports on new research recently published in the journal Scientific Reports:

“An interdisciplinary team from [hailing from the University of Oxford’s] Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics…and the Centre for Molecular Medicine at Bristol, demonstrated how a range of human and animal cells can be [3D] printed into high-resolution tissue constructs.”

This approach has the potential to “revolutionize regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair, or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.”

These teams were led by Hagan Bayley, who is Professor of Chemical Biology in Oxford’s Department of Chemistry.  They “devised a way to produce tissues in self-contained cells that support the structures to keep their shape.  The cells were contained within protective nanoliter droplets wrapped in a lipid coating that could be assembled, layer-by-layer, into living structures.”

Because the teams printed the tissues in this way, the tissues had an improved survival rate “and allowed the teams to improve on current techniques by building each tissue one drop at a time to a more favorable resolution.”

“The researchers hope that, with further development, the materials could have a wide impact on healthcare worldwide.  Potential applications include shaping reproducible human tissue models that could take away the need for clinical animal testing.”

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