from 3d meet nuggets to 3d printed cell tissues
It was recently announced that a Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions was working with fast-food chain KFC. They are trying to produce the world’s first laboratory 3D printed meat nuggets! As ambitious as it sounds the company’s newest release goes 1 step further than the well-loved chicken nugget being 3D printed. The company has now announced they have been working with the international space station since 2018 on another 3D printing milestone. This time in 3D printed human tissues! Could this all be true? Let’s look…
3D Printed Human Tissue The statement
They claim it the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononoenko was the lucky guy tasked with printing human cartilage cells. As an added party trick, they tasked him to do it in near 0 gravity. Oleg Kononoenko was set with this task using a machine called a Bio printerThe creators of the machine are our Russian friends at 3D Bio printing Solutions. There we were thinking meat nuggets were ambitious!
How it works
Instead of using a bio-assembly “scaffold” which is a supporting structure that supports the tissues, the machine uses a process the researches call magnetic levitational bio-assembly. As a result, the machine uses magnets to allow the cells to float in place. This all sounds like pretty breakthrough stuff and very exciting to see how it develops.
The idea is to potentially allow astronauts to produce entirely new body parts. As a result, this would be perfect in the event of a potentially catastrophic incident according to researchers. 0 gravity can speed up stem cell growth between 5 and 10 times quicker than here on earth. This is an exciting thought for doctors in the field hoping to use millions of stem cells. To treat patients with haemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. The published paper can be found in last week’s journal Science Advances.
On the horizon for 3D printing human cells
So far, we know they have been working on 3D printed meat nuggets and human tissue in space. In addition, during ISS expeditions, they also conducted experiments in space. On fabricating the mouse thyroid gland, fabricating meat, fabricating bones, fabricating three-dimensional bacterial biofilms. In addition, also crystallizing and growing crystals of protein compounds in an alternative method. Vladislav Parfenov, 3D Bioprinting Solutions chief designer, toldin an email.