Bioprinting skin just got cheaper and faster (VIDEO)

Two engineering students from the University of Toronto have developed a machine that prints functional human skin. Arianna McAllister and Lian Leng received the 2014 James Dyson Award for their invention, the PrintAlive Bioprinter.

Serious burn victims will benefit from the invention . Doctors typically must remove part of the patient’s healthy skin and graft it onto the burned area. With PrintAlive, this painful step is longer necessary. According to McAllister, PrintAlive “would completely eliminate immunologic rejection, and the need for painful autografting and tissue donation.”

The printed item includes “hair follicles, sweat glands and other human skin complexities, providing an on-demand skin graft for burn victims. Better yet, the machine uses the patient’s own cells.” … (Read more)