Photo of the Day: Printing the Human Body

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:00am

Printing technology has come a long way in the 21stcentury, moving swiftly from two dimensional into the realm of 3D. Furniture, cars, shoes, a replica of King Tutankhamun—these are all things that have been made with 3D printing technology. However, it doesn’t stop at material objects. In fact, using modified printer cartridges and extracted cells as the basis, scientists have a discovered a way in which to print human tissue. While this amazing concept is still at an early stage, the future of bioprinting (as it’s commonly known) will allow for full organs and other human parts to be printed on demand for patients. Such a possibility will eventually wipe out the need for donor organs, which is a problem today considering the vast amount of patients in need of new organs. (Click the infographic to view a larger version.)

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