Magentic Bioprinting Experiment – In Orbit

A report in Izvestia describes an unusual bioprinting experiment that is in the early development stages. It’s to be based on a scientific paper entitled, “Study of the possibility of three-dimensional biofabrikatsii fabric constructions carried out by a programmable self-assembly of living tissues and organs in microgravity by means of a magnetic field” [Google translation].

Bioprinting is not new; it’s typically done with a combination of dissolvable biosafe scaffolds (like supports) and living cells deposited on the scaffolds. The cells multiply and grow, while the scaffolds dissolve, leaving a segment of living, functional tissue.

Typical bioprinters are simply syringe-based mechanisms that move the extruders in paths that effect the scaffold and cell structure.

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