For the first time, scientists have succeeded in transforming human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells. The advance has significant potential for modeling lung disease, screening drugs, studying human lung development, and, ultimately, generating lung tissue for transplantation.
The rise of 3D printing has introduced one of the most ground-breaking technological feats happening right now. The most exciting part, though, doesn’t have anything to do with printing cars and fancy furniture, but in producing human tissue, otherwise known as bioprinting. While it’s still early days, the future of bioprinting looks bright and will eventually result in some major advantages for society, whilst also saving billions for the economy that is spent on research and development.
The potential for 3D printing is obviously boundless, but it never ceases to amaze me how people come up with ways to use it.
Just when you thought printing was pretty much useless (now that data can rain upon us from clouds or the fact that data can be accessed just about anywhere) there is a renewed fervor in printing…3D printing! So, what is 3D printing and how does it work? How will it change our world? How can you get your hands on a 3D printed gift this holiday? ASAP Science tells you all about it.