Using a sophisticated, custom-designed 3D printer, regenerative medicine scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have proved that it is feasible to print living tissue structures to replace injured or diseased tissue in patients.
Reporting in Nature Biotechnology, the scientists said they printed ear, bone and muscle structures.
When implanted in animals, the structures matured into functional tissue and developed a system of blood vessels. Most importantly, these early results indicate that the structures have the right size, strength and function for use in humans. Read more information from

ITOP uses human cells (instead of ink) and generates lab-grown organs that eventually are capable of being surgically implanted into the body. To ensure the end product is ‘tailor-made’ for the patients, data from CT and MRI scans is also fed into it. Read more: