A multidisciplinary approach to the generation of organs is providing researchers with the tools to accelerate the application of regenerative therapies to often intractable medical problems – such as the dearth of organs available for transplantation. Using 3D printers and stem cells, researchers, such as Dr. Darryl D’Lima of the Scripps Clinic and Dr. Boland of the University of Texas at El Paso are ‘printing’ tissue and organs; developing techniques and processes they hope will allow them to create organs and tissue for human transplantation. Dr. Boland, who has done much of the basic research on bioprinting technologies said, “I think it is the future for regenerative medicine”.
Mayo Clinic researchers have resynchronized a disrupted heartbeat by using stem cells. Dr. Andre Terzic, a senior author of the study explained, “By harnessing the potential of regenerative medicine – repairing the injured heart, in this case – we will be increasingly able to provide more definitive solutions to our patients”.
A cross-section of a brain-like clump of neural cells derived from stem cells
Researchers at the Austrian Academy of Science, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna have developed brain-like chunks of tissue utilizing human stem cells. This advance in stem cell differentiation will give researchers a better understanding of brain development, which will accelerate stem cell treatments for brain related disorders.
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An interdisciplinary approach at the University of Illinois enabled researchers to combine 3D printing and stem cells to create “biobots”. A “biobot” is defined as a biological machine; in this case it was made with hydrogel, heart stem cells, and a 3D printer. In a scene reminiscent of the 1966 sci-fi movie ‘The Fantastic Voyage’ the research points to the development of small [tiny] ‘biobots’ that could travel within the body identifying cancers or toxins and enabling precision delivery of drugs or other treatments.