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Thread: 3-D Printing Breakthrough With Human Embryonic Stem Cells

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    3-D Printing Breakthrough With Human Embryonic Stem Cells

    Feb. 4, 2013 — A team of researchers from Scotland has used a novel 3D printing technique to arrange human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for the very first time.

    In the longer term, this new method of printing may also pave the way for incorporating hESCs into artificially created organs and tissues ready for transplantation into patients suffering from a variety of diseases.

    "We found that the valve-based printing is gentle enough to maintain high stem cell viability, accurate enough to produce spheroids of uniform size, and, most importantly, the printed hESCs maintained their pluripotency -- the ability to be differentiated into any other cell type."

    i believe 'printing' the needed portion of a damaged spinal cord is much, much faster and more efficient than any of the methods in clinical trial today. the least they could do is try it in the mouse model....


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