London, January 22 : A Wake Forest University researcher has adapted standard inkjet printing mechanism into a method of printing three-dimensional structures from living cells.
James Yoo of the Institute of Regenerative Medicine says that his technology may facilitate the creation of layers of viable cells, which can then be transformed into 3-D structures.
He says that making such structures will involve several different types of cells, just like conventional printers use different colours of ink to print images, reports New Scientist.
The system may also print dyes to make the structure easily visible and growth factors to encourage healthy development, adds the researcher.
Yoo claims that his technique can be used to create almost anything from skin and bone to pancreatic or nerve tissue.