Scientists 3-D Print Human Embryonic Stem Cells
The Maker movement’s 3-D vanguard (see MakerBot, D-Shape) has met its match: human tissue printing.
University researchers in Scotland have successfully tested a prototype 3-D printer that outputs matrices of human tissue. Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) serve as the main ingredient in this “bio-ink,” and could be used to custom print organs and replace diseased or damaged tissue. Tests are promising with the cells surviving this bleeding edge printing.