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Create Living Cells With an Inkjet Printer 100

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the one-printer-not-to-buy-from-the-discount-store dept.
MattSparkes writes to tell us New Scientist has an article on the use of inkjet printing technology in creating biological tissue. From the article "An inkjet device that prints tiny 'bio-ink' patterns has been used to simultaneously grow two different tissues from the stem cells of adult mice. Surgeons could one day use the technology to repair various damaged tissues at the same time, the researchers say."
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Create Living Cells With an Inkjet Printer

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  • Again ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Iron Condor (964856) on Tuesday December 12, 2006 @01:48AM (#17204442)
    If you have something to publish, publish in Nature or Science. If you have nothing to publish, publish in New Scientist...
  • Re:Progress (Score:4, Insightful)

    by TapeCutter (624760) on Tuesday December 12, 2006 @04:26AM (#17205176) Journal
    "Humanity will inevitably learn new technologies to cheaply and exactly replicate patterns of matter, much as we currently are able to flawlessly and freely share patterns of information." [My emphasis]

    As someone who has spent the last two decades developing and supporting large software systems may I just say, we are doomed.

    BTW: I do share your sentiments about the importance of the current digital era: "For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals, then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk." - Steven Hawking's introduction to Pink Floyd's "Keep Talking".
  • by Linker3000 (626634) on Tuesday December 12, 2006 @08:23AM (#17206306) Journal
    Mine says "PC LOAD LIVER"

    WTF
  • by EndoCanuck (951260) on Tuesday December 12, 2006 @09:11AM (#17206544)
    As an individual who has a serious bone defect from an accident, this is very exciting news. Honestly, try wandering around thought life with one femur 2 inches shorter than the other. There are many folks out there who could really benefit from this technology. While it's fun to crack wise or debate the morality of the issue when you don't need the help this process could offer, remember that there are a lot of people who have been praying for something like this for a long time. Check out a children's hospital some time and see how many little ones could be helped by this.

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