Taking a cue from an ancient Chinese woodblock printing technique, researchers have developed a cheaper, more productive bioprinting method.
In a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Lidong Qin and his group at the Houston Methodist Research Institute outlined their method for printing live cells onto any surface in virtually any imaginable shape.
While a number of bioprinting methods are currently in development, Qin’s group saw a need for improvement in the quality of current bioprints. “We feel the current technologies are inadequate,” Qin said. “Inkjet-based cell printing leaves many of the cells damaged or dead. We wanted to see if we could invent a tool that helps researchers obtain arrays of cells that are alive and still have full activity.” … (Read more)