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  • Wake Forest University Scientists Print Living Body Parts

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    A team at Wake Forest University has used a combination of living cells and a special gel to print out living human body parts — including ears, muscles and jawbones.

    It's an advance on previous attempts, which either involved making a plastic scaffold and then trying to get cells to grow in and on it, or that printed out organ shapes that ended up being too floppy and dying.

    The new approach mixes live cells with a gel that starts out as a liquid but quickly hardens to the consistency of living tissue, and layers them in with tiny tunnels that serve as passages for nutrients to feed the cells until blood vessels can grow in and do the job naturally.

    "We are actually printing the scaffolds and the cells together," said Dr. Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest University Institute for Regenerative Medicine, who led the study team.

    "We show that we can grow muscle. We make ears the size of baby ears. We make jawbones the size of human jawbones. We are printing all kinds of things," Atala told NBC News.
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  • Wow.. feels we are right on the cusp of a whole new world....
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  • Vetamur wrote:Wow.. feels we are right on the cusp of a whole new world....


    I dunno man, did you never see the movie 'Darkman'? This is the same shit.
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  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Vetamur wrote:Wow.. feels we are right on the cusp of a whole new world....


    I dunno man, did you never see the movie 'Darkman'? This is the same shit.


    I saw it...but on my first date when I got to uni..so I dont remember it.

    But I dont just mean this.. with what computers are doing, robots are doing, the new discoveries in physics..
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  • Forget body parts. 3D printers can make guns! AND NOBODY CAN STOP IT!
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  • fenderbender123 wrote:Forget body parts. 3D printers can make guns! AND NOBODY CAN STOP IT!


    Actually, they can. But I'm not going down that path in this thread. I suggest you either drop it fender or bring it up in the PWR.
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