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3D Print Living Tissue?

April 4, 2013

Scientists claim to use 3D printing to print out water-lipid droplets that resemble living cells. The “cells” were droplets of watery solution in oil, picoliter size (one ten-to-the-twelfth of a liter). They were printed out in arrays determined by software.

The droplets were formed not only in clumps, but in networks and arrays that could fold like a living tissue.
Suppose the watery solution were to contain DNA, along with molecules of RNA polymerase and ribosomes. It’s conceivable that we could print out living materials, as in The Highest Frontier.

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