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This image, made using confocal microscopy, shows multiple thin layers of an elastic polymer (purple) and interwoven muscle tissue (green) formed from neonatal rat heart cells.

A layer-by-layer fabrication tool lets researchers quickly form complicated biological tissue in three-dimensional space.

Tissue engineers can already make three-dimensional constructs of relatively simple tissues. But highly ordered cellular architectures essential to the function of complicated organs like the heart are much harder to replicate.

#biomedical engineering   #tissue engineering   #3D Printing  

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    3D bioprinting is, like, the coolest thing ever. popsci did a big feature about it this summer. check it out!
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