Here’s a printer for your flesh

by Mark R

Okay, this is one of those very intriguing concept technologies that seems too crazy to ever be true.

This is an experimental procedure at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine that allows the user to print new skin on using a device that looks similar to a regular ink jet printer.

This “skin printer” uses two heads that can propel a combination of skin cells, collagen, blood coagulants onto a wounded area. It is much better than getting skin grafts from other areas in your body.

So that’s pretty wild, isn’t it? Imagine getting all banged up and then going to the skin printer for a quick healing. It reminds me of this spray that Will Smith used to repair his robot arm after he was injured in I, Robot.

I suppose it would be handy to have a skin printer on hand in the battlefield. So a soldier can get shot-up and then return to combat without all that MASH stuff.

Yes, it is still a concept at this point, and it is being tested on both pigs and mice. I don’t know who wants to be the first human trial for this, but I would hate to have it print out too much flesh.


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kathy Says: February 13, 2011 at 3:52 am


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