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Response to Earth_First (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:15 AM

4. Not sure about that.

One of the advantages of bioprinting is that it makes it possible to use substantially lower quantities of costly materials to achieve therapeutic effect. Recombinant growth factors like BMP-2, for example, can be pretty damned expensive and have nasty side effects due to the supra-physiological doses used in conventional therapy. Bioprinting results in improved targeting and, in some instances, superior retention, making it possible to achieve comparable therapeutic effect with 1000-fold lower doses. That's all pre-clinical....but it has a lot of potential.

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