Printing the Body

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Incredible new developments are being made in the world of 3D printing and health – organs, bones, and even skulls are now being created with the technology. Recently, a man underwent surgery that replaced 75 percent of his skull with a 3D-printed version, thanks to Oxford Performance Materials in Connecticut. Life-like ears (shown) can also be created thanks to a team at Cornell, using artificial body tissue combined with living cells. And an innovative new honeycomb-shaped polymer was developed at the University of Southampton in England, providing an ideal “scaffolding” that allows tissue to re-grow around it, as broken bones heal.

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