Surgical 3D printing BioPen writes in bone, nerve and muscleCredit: University of Wollongong
Scientists at the University of Wollongong (that’s a real place) in Australia have developed a device that replaces traditional surgery with something more akin to an art project. The BioPen is a handheld 3D printer that can actually print bone directly onto patients during surgery. Soon, surgeons will simply be able to doodle their patients back to health.
The BioPen uses a stem cell ink which can be coaxed into differentiating into muscle, bone, or nerve cells. A seaweed-based growth culture encourages the cells to thrive in their new environment while a second polymer, cured by the use of a UV light, provides a protective shell during the healing process. The complex and adaptive bio-ink can even be further augmented to include growth hormone and other substances that would encourage rapid recovery.
This. This is so darn beautiful.
I attend a school filled with obnoxious sheltered rich people and when I went in for my english exam I realised that, among a sea of brunettes and blondes, I was the only one with an unnatural (neon pink) hair colour
and that is when i became aware i am the protagonist of an anime
"Please tell me this isn’t real."
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