31 Aug '17, 9am

Living Human Cartilage Generated Through Bioprinting of Stem Cells

Living Human Cartilage Generated Through Bioprinting of Stem Cells

Bioprinting of living human cells has gotten a boost with new work out of Sweden that’s generated cartilage tissue by printing stem cells using a 3D bioprinter. A team of researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy has not only managed to print surviving stem cells, but their research also went one step further—they were able to influence the cells to multiply and differentiate to form what are called chondrocytes, or cartilage cells, in the printed structure, said Stina Simonsson, associate professor of cell biology at the academy. “In nature, the differentiation of stem cells into cartilage is a simple process, but it’s much more complicated to accomplish in a test tube,” said Simonsson, who led the research. “We’re the first to succeed with it, and we did so without any animal testing whatsoever.” A team of biological-materials 3D printing experts at the Chalmers University of T...

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