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Bioprinting yields a blood vessel

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2009 Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant  (University of South Carolina at Columbia)

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Investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), supported by the South Carolina Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SC-EPSCoR), have used 3-D printing to create a vascular tube that resembles a blood vessel. The raw ingredients for the tube are a biological "ink" that contains cells, growth factors and an intercellular "glue" that contains naturally occurring biomaterials.

The results of this research may transform biofabrication and many biomedical fields by providing an option and technology to fabricate new or heal existing organs using bioprinting techniques.

The bioprinting effort required a state­wide research collaboration that also involved the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. MUSC's bioprinting facility has trained a range of students from high school to post-graduate levels. 

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  • a blood vessel fabricated with a 3-d printer
  • a 3-d printer can fabricate viable blood vessels using living cells and biomaterials
A viable, vascular tube with properties of natural blood vessels created by 3-D printing.
Roger Markwald, Medical University of South Carolina
This bioprinter created a viable blood vessel.
Roger Markwald, Medical University of South Carolina

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