Chemical compound developed by UBC researchers makes creating biological tissue safer and more affordable

A chemical compound developed by UBC researchers makes it possible to create biological tissue with a light projector you can buy at Walmart.

The compound, a new type of biological ink used in the 3D printing of tissue, eliminates the need to use UV light systems in favour of safer, more conventional light. Continue reading “Chemical compound developed by UBC researchers makes creating biological tissue safer and more affordable”

MIT’s Biologic program attempts to program living organism and create organically reactive material (Video)

bioLogic is growing living actuators and synthesizing responsive bio-skin in the era where bio is the new interface. We are Imagining a world where actuators and sensors can be grown rather than manufactured, being derived from nature as opposed to engineered in factories. Continue reading “MIT’s Biologic program attempts to program living organism and create organically reactive material (Video)”

Technique Produces ‘Organoids’ Useful in Cancer Research, Drug Screening

A UCSF-led team has developed a technique to build tiny models of human tissues, called organoids, more precisely than ever before using a process that turns human cells into a biological equivalent of LEGO bricks. These mini-tissues in a dish can be used to study how particular structural features of tissue affect normal growth or go awry in cancer. They could be used for therapeutic drug screening and to help teach researchers how to grow whole human organs. Continue reading “Technique Produces ‘Organoids’ Useful in Cancer Research, Drug Screening”

3D Bioprinting Space – Understanding the Fundamentals

For medicine, bioprinting is a necessity and an inevitability. The demand for organs will undoubtedly continue to climb with the global median age. Yet what hurdles lie in the way of creating a renewable supply? One major engineering obstacle is properly seeding and feeding the culture in order to create a functional organ. This is because complex tissues are composed of many different types of cells precisely arranged in 3 dimensions. Continue reading “3D Bioprinting Space – Understanding the Fundamentals”

Researchers Develop New Method to Build Microscopic Robots with Complex Shapes, Functionalities

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego used an innovative 3D printing technology they developed to manufacture multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots — called microfish — that swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically controlled. These proof-of-concept synthetic microfish will inspire a new generation of “smart” microrobots that have diverse capabilities such as detoxification, sensing and directed drug delivery, researchers said. Continue reading “Researchers Develop New Method to Build Microscopic Robots with Complex Shapes, Functionalities”

Bioprinted Valves That Grow: How 3D Printing is Transforming Heart Surgery (VIDEO)

Technology is transforming the field of cardiac surgery. At Henry Ford Innovation Institute, physicians are using 3D printing to model exact replicas of hearts to allow surgeons to explore a patient’s specific anatomy before planning out treatment and surgery based on each person’s individualized needs and risks. Continue reading “Bioprinted Valves That Grow: How 3D Printing is Transforming Heart Surgery (VIDEO)”