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3D printing BioPen lets surgeons draw with stem cells | #Research #Medicine 

3D printing BioPen lets surgeons draw with stem cells | #Research #Medicine  | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
Doctors perform hundreds of thousands of knee surgeries every year, often to replace damaged or worn cartilage. The techniques for performing these surgeries today may be about to change, thanks to new research. 

In the not-too-distant future, orthopedic surgeons may simply draw new cartilage inside your knee, using a 3D printing, stem-cell-extruding device called the "BioPen."

SEE ALSO: Should we 3D print a new Palmyra? Here's what it means to recreate a city destroyed by ISIS.

The device is still in the research and development stage and not yet approved for medical use, but it's an example of how 3D printing technologies may usher in new ways of treating common human ailments.

In a study published last month in the journal Biofabrication, scientists from the Australian Research Council’s Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) detailed experiments with their custom-built, 3D printing pen, known as the BioPen, a device they’ve been working for almost three years. 

Its new capability, though, is what they're calling a breakthrough: the ability to effectively print viable human stem cells into damaged joints to regrow cartilage.

The pen was developed by Peter Choong, director of orthopedic

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D-Printing

 

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Doctors perform hundreds of thousands of knee surgeries every year, often to replace damaged or worn cartilage. The techniques for performing these surgeries today may be about to change, thanks to new research. 

In the not-too-distant future, orthopedic surgeons may simply draw new cartilage inside your knee, using a 3D printing, stem-cell-extruding device called the "BioPen."

SEE ALSO: Should we 3D print a new Palmyra? Here's what it means to recreate a city destroyed by ISIS.

The device is still in the research and development stage and not yet approved for medical use, but it's an example of how 3D printing technologies may usher in new ways of treating common human ailments.

In a study published last month in the journal Biofabrication, scientists from the Australian Research Council’s Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) detailed experiments with their custom-built, 3D printing pen, known as the BioPen, a device they’ve been working for almost three years. 

Its new capability, though, is what they're calling a breakthrough: the ability to effectively print viable human stem cells into damaged joints to regrow cartilage.

The pen was developed by Peter Choong, director of orthopedic

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?tag=3D-Printing

 

 

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Researchers Say They Can Use Stem Cells in 3D Printed Scaffolds to Repair Your Joints

Researchers Say They Can Use Stem Cells in 3D Printed Scaffolds to Repair Your Joints | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it

What researchers call infrapatellar fat pad adipose stem cells, used in conjunction with 3D printing technology, are being employed to encourage the formation of cartilage in human tissues.

The technique uses 3D scaffold-like polymeric structures to provide an engineering framework which results in the formation of 3D tissue blocks they say can be used to repair cartilage.


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What researchers call infrapatellar fat pad adipose stem cells, used in conjunction with 3D printing technology, are being employed to encourage the formation of cartilage in human tissues.

The technique uses 3D scaffold-like polymeric structures to provide an engineering framework which results in the formation of 3D tissue blocks they say can be used to repair cartilage.


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Is An 'Off The Shelf' Liver Coming Soon?

Is An 'Off The Shelf' Liver Coming Soon? | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time created a functional human liver from stem cells derived from skin and blood and say their success points to a future where much-needed livers and other transplant...
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Scientists have for the first time created a functional human liver from stem cells derived from skin and blood and say their success points to a future where much-needed livers and other transplant...

 

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Dr.Pedro Bernáldez's comment, July 8, 2013 4:43 AM
Congratulations!!!!
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Congratulations for the scientists !!!!! It´s a great new!!!!

Deborah Verran's comment, July 8, 2013 5:06 AM
There is still a way to go for this technology such that organ donation will no longer be required. See commentary via http://scoop.it/t/organ-donation-transplant-matters-resources
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Stem-cell eye operation offers hope of treatment for age-related blindness – video - The Guardian

Stem-cell eye operation offers hope of treatment for age-related blindness – video - The Guardian | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
The world’s first embryonic stem-cell operation has the potential to save the sight of hundreds of thousands of Britons, says Dr Hilary Jones

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The world’s first embryonic stem-cell operation has the potential to save the sight of hundreds of thousands of Britons, says Dr Hilary Jones.


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Human stem cells converted to functional lung cells

Human stem cells converted to functional lung cells | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in transforming human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells.
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