That’s what I said – you can print skin. Not print on skin, print the skin itself, cell layer by layer. Bioprinting custom skin grafts means you can customize a graft’s depth to treat severe burns – using the patient’s own cells to avoid rejection.
Kudos to whomever came up with this idea. Seriously: this is bio-DIY to the max. Wow!
Via Armed With Science.
Update: Jason at the Thoughtful Animal just sent me a 2008 minireview on this process by Henmi et al, “New approaches for tissue engineering: three dimensional cell patterning using inkjet technology.” It appears to have been sponsored in part by Epson.