Right Turn: 3D printer with living “ink” creates cartilage “earily” reminiscent of the real thing

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/20/13

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You have no doubt heard and read a lot about 3D printing. Biomaterials scientist and blogger Patrick Blit has written about it here in the context of a 3D printed tracheal splint. It is an increasingly popular method for creating human tissues and has evolved to printing prototype body parts.

Dr. Lawrence Bonassar, a biomedical engineer from Cornell University, shows off his printed ears, with ink made from living cells, in the video below. Listen up and learn!

Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)ccrm.ca.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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