One of the ‘up-and-coming’ technologies is the 3D printing of biomaterial, referred to as 3D bioprinting. Only recently has 3D bioprinting become a popular tool in trying to solve issues that have posed problems for medical scientists since the beginning of time.
One of these issues, that medical science has been working towards finding a solution to, is the fact that up until now there has been no way to create man-made blood vessels from scratch. Doing so could solve many problems within medicine. Blood vessels are extremely important to the human body, as they transfer nutrients to and from vital organs, as well as remove waste material. The ability to create man-made channels for blood to flow throughout the human body, is something that scientists have been trying to do for years.
It appears that a team of researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, MA may have come up with a solution. Using 3D printing technology – more particularly 3D bioprinting, they have come up with an effective way to create an agarose fiber template to be used as a mold for real blood vessels. An agarose is a naturally derived sugar-based molecule, for those of you who were wondering. … (Read more)