Scientists in Australia are a step closer to printing living cells for tissue engineering with the development of a new bio-ink that allows the cells to stay alive until they are printed and not clog up the printer nozzle.
‘The first bio-inks used in drop-on-demand cell printing were simple salt solutions,’ says Marc in het Panhuis, who was part of the research team at the University of Wollongong. ‘The cells in these inks settled and aggregated quickly, which impeded printing. Cell viability can also be compromised if the salt concentration is too high.’
Read the full article in Chemistry World.
Bio-ink for on-demand printing of living cells
Cameron J. Ferris, Kerry J. Gilmore, Stephen Beirne, Donald McCallum, Gordon G. Wallace and Marc in het Panhuis
Biomater. Sci., 2013, Advance Article