Engadget reports on the deelopment of a ‘biopen’ that prints stem cells to create cartilage. The approach could allow surgeons to bioprint tissue – such as cartilage – during surgery.
Engadget reports on the first successful surgery involving 3-d printed neck vertebrae, carried out in Australia in late 2015.
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.”
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The new approach could also be significantly (up to 8 times) cheaper than existing desalination plants, most of which rely on heat to remove salt from seawater.
A number of Innovations helping those who have fled oppression, war or natural disaster.
Open Bionics robotic hand for amputees wins Dyson Award – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34044453
Techcrunch highlights a 3d-printed eye examination smartphone app and attachment called Peek (Portable Eye Examination Kit).
The device and app can be used in the field in developing nations and isolated rural areas at lower costs than traditional equipment (or where testing equipment rarely reaches) to test a range of eye functions and conditions.
Engadget reports on research by L’Oreal to develop better tests for their cosmetic products by 3d printing ‘human skin’.
medGadget highlights research using 3d-printing to test how different shaped pills release drugs at different rates, depending on the shape and size they are printed. The rate of release seems to be linked to the ratio of surface area to volume.
The Verge reports on the development of an iPhone attachment that can help identify the presence of disease-causing parasites in the blood.
The attachment – called Cellscope Loa – uses a 3D-printed microscope base, an app and the video camera on the iPhone to identify the presence of the Loa loa parasite and reduce the testing time from over 24 hours to minutes.
Source: The Verge