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While much has been said on the topic of 3D printing within the context of the maker movement, it is in the medical world where arguably the most important advances are being made. Scientists at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have recently proven they can print human embryonic stem cells, a breakthrough which has the potential to revolutionise organ replacement in the coming years.
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Dr. Shu says, “People have developed different technologies for printing and have been able to print, for example, a dog’s stem cells, taken from the marrow and different sources but those cells cannot be replicated indefinitely outside the body. That means you have to take stem cells every time if you need them. A human embryonic stem cell, however, can replicate indefinitely outside the body.”

Very fascinating work. Has the potential to end drug testing on animals as well as revolutionizing organ transplants in humans. thumb.gif

http://www.humansinvent.com/#!/11430/engineering-3d-printed-stem-cells/
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I think this is old news. I remember watching something on TED.com about it almost 2 years ago. They can even almost print you a new lung if you need one. I remember watching a video on TED as well about them wanting to use stem cells to test drugs, that way if drug A works for you, but will kill me, they will be able to know before prescribing the drug to me. Yet they will be able to keep it on the market for you since it works for you.

The problem with big pharm these days is, they will shut anything down if they can't make a profit from it.
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I think this is old news. I remember watching something on TED.com about it almost 2 years ago. They can even almost print you a new lung if you need one. I remember watching a video on TED as well about them wanting to use stem cells to test drugs, that way if drug A works for you, but will kill me, they will be able to know before prescribing the drug to me. Yet they will be able to keep it on the market for you since it works for you.

The problem with big pharm these days is, they will shut anything down if they can't make a profit from it.

Dunno, article is new. They said this isn't the first time people have printed human cells or even non-human stem cells but the first time they've succesfully printed human stem cells that will still work as stem cells.
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