The inkjet approach to building life

If you print over and over on a single piece of paper, the ink layers will eventually build up a three-dimensional structure. What if, scientists are asking, you use that same inkjet technology to print layers of cells on a tissue matrix? Can you eventually build up a living structure like a heart or a kidney?

Paul Calvert, a professor of materials and textiles at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, thinks it’s a long-term possibility.

In a perspective published in the Oct. 12 issue of the journal Science, Calvert pointed to a recent milestone on that path – the successful printing of living cells using inkjet technology – as a way to highlight its future potential.

Source:  Boston Globe

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