Technique Developed To Treat Burn Victims Using An Old Inkjet Printer

2010-04-08 17:03:16

Published on 2010-04-08 17:03:16

Technique Developed To Treat Burn Victims Using an Old Inkjet Printer

A group of Scientists at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have successfully treated mice with burns using an old inkjet printer.  The technique is called bioprinting and the mice wounds were completely healed within two to three weeks after treatment.

This bioprinter actually sprays skin cells onto the wound to help it heal.  More importantly, they have found that they are able to spray specific cell types in the appropriate places using a laser.  The laser picks up information regarding size and shape of the wound.

As mentioned the "ink" used is developed from real skin cells which were dissolved in a solution that allows them to multiply.

The team is currently awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be allowed to test the device on soldiers injured at work in Iraq.

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