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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:35 PM

4. The title of the article (and hence, of the post) is subject to misinterpretation..

...since the hESCs are not 'created' by the 3D printer. The living hESCs are part of the 'ink' that the printer uses. The fact that these "Cell printers offer a means of producing embryoid bodies of a defined size and shape" could lead to the ability to 'print' organs, or at least contribute to the construction of organs.

Here is an article with a more accurate title: Scientists Print 3D Object Using Stem Cells For The First Time

Scientists on Monday said that for the first time they had printed 3D objects using human embryonic stem cells, furthering the quest to fabricate transplantable organs.

Once fine-tuned, the technology should allow scientists to make three-dimensional human tissue in the lab, eliminating the need for organ donation or testing on animals, they reported.

Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) can replicate indefinitely and become almost any type of cell in the human body.

They are touted as a source of replacement tissue, fixing nearly anything from malfunctioning hearts and lungs, to damaged spines, Parkinson's disease or even baldness.

Scientists have previously tested 3D printing, which uses inkjet technology, with other types of cells, including adult stem cells.

But until now hESCs, which are more versatile than mature ones, have proven too fragile.


Now, having taken care of the niggling details, my reaction is WOW. COOL. WHAT AMAZING TIMES WE LIVE IN!!!!


Thanks for the post, FB!

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