3D printed human ears, muscle and bone

The Verge reports on advances in 3d bioprinting that takes us a step closer to viable and durable structures – including ears, muscle and bone – that can be used to aid recovery from injury or illness. From the article:

“For the first time, scientists have produced 3D-printed structures made of living cells that are big enough and strong enough to replace human tissues.”

“A bioprinter, described today in Nature Biotechnology, was used to make ear, bone, and muscle structures out of plastic-like materials and living cells… a feat that has not been easy to accomplish in the past — and the structures were stable enough to be successfully implanted in rodents, the researchers report. If the technology works in humans the way it has in animals, doctors may soon find themselves using bioprinters to produce replacement cartilage and bone for people who have been injured, using a patient’s own cells.”

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/15/10995730/3d-print-human-tissue-ear-muscles-bone