Researchers have successfully "printed" bacteria, yeast, and animal cells using the common home-office technology of inkjet printing. Using printing technology is of interest to biomaterials researchers because it is a precise, simple, rapid and clean process that avoids contamination.
Scientists are currently examining ways to manipulate living cells using the same technology. Is it realistic to imagine 'printing' living tissue?
Paul Calvert, professor in the department of materials and textiles, University of Massachusetts