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Researchers (in Japan) Print Blood Vessels from Ink Jet Printer

September 10th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Source: Dailytech

 

Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology have some promising research that could make the removal of the great saphenous vein unnecessary in future coronary artery bypass operations.

The technology they are developing allows them to print new blood vessels and capillaries from an ink jet printer. The ink used in the technology is made from artificial cells and medical gel in a solution of calcium chloride. This ink solidifies into a tube with a lining of endothelial cells and an outer case of smooth muscle cells.

 

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