Bleeding Edge

by Mike Masnick

Print Me Up A New Arm, Please

from the replicators-with-inkjet-nozzles dept

The old inkjet printer has been getting some more interesting uses lately. There are those who are printing electronic circuits with them, and those who are printing food with them -- but why stop there? Some researchers are working on a way to use inkjet printers to spray live human cells on a patient to help regenerate bone and muscle. As you might imagine, it's still quite a ways off, so don't expect to be able to print yourself new body parts just yet. Of course, when old fashioned ink costs more than fine champagne or expensive perfume just imagine how much a bit of muscle tissue is going to set you back.

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