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Harvard Professor’s Step Toward the Bioprinting of Living Tissues

(Harvard) A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels. The work represents a major step toward a longstanding goal of tissue engineers: creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test drug safety and effectiveness. The method also represents an early but important step toward building fully functional replacements for injured or diseased tissue that can be designed from CAT scan data using computer-aided design, printed in 3D at the push of a button and used by surgeons to repair or replace damaged tissue.