UTEP researchers breaking boundaries with 3-D Cell Printer

The biomedical department at the University of Texas-El Paso has been working on 3-D printed breast implants, and the possibilities of this development could be limitless. Within the halls of UTEP, a high-tech printer is working. “We have 3-D printers, that can print various precise shapes,”… said professor Thomas Boland, who has been leading the cutting-edge technology. This isn’t the usual printer you can find in a local office. “We’re trying to regenerate tissues,” said Boland. That’s right, tissue.

“The same machine, but instead of printing ink and colors we print cells,” says Boland. It’s the latest project by UTEP’s Biomedical Engineering Department. The research is going toward helping breast cancer patients. For example, if a woman receives a lumpectomy which only removes part of a woman’s breast, Boland says it’s harder and more painful to reconstruct than a full breast, and most women decide to have the whole breast removed.

But Boland tells ABC-7 the big difference with biomedical engineering. “We use patients’ own cells, so if we succeed in printing 3-D cells structured out of those cells, they wouldn’t be rejected by the patient.” … (read more)

Source: KVIA.com