Similar to traditional Chinese woodblock printing done back in the 3rd century, a group of scientists from the Houston Methodist Research Institute have discovered a method of printing cells with very minimal damage to the cells used.
The team is led by a member of the institute’s nanomedicine faculty, Lidong Qin, Ph.D. Qin explains that their method can make use of a wide variety of cells, and accomplishes 2D cell printing in as quickly as 30 minutes, while being able to embed the cells within 5 micrometers of each other. The team has decided to call the technique “Block-Cell-Printing” or “BloC-Printing.”
“We feel the current technologies are inadequate,” said Dr. Qin. ”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)