3D bioprinting will soon become a reality and a boon for the medical field.
Story so far: With a shortage of donors and organs, 17 lives are lost every day. 3D bioprinting can help create organs and tissue regeneration. Recently, doctors 3D printed an artificial cornea and transplanted it into a rabbit’s eye.
- This new technology will become a reality thanks to the Indian Institute of Science’s soon-to-be-launched Centre for Excellence for 3D bioprinting.
- They’re teaming up with Swedish company CELLINK for research in this field.
Usage: With 3D bioprinting, human tissue can be created. Researchers can use this technology to create cells that mimic human ones. It can be useful in studying cancer cells and tumours.
Next steps: While the technology is exciting and groundbreaking, years of research are still necessary until it can be fully trusted and utilised. The partnership between IISC and CELLINK will include seminars on the skills needed to use 3D bioprinting.