3D Printer Makes Veins. No, Like, Actual Human Veins.

For you youngsters out there, Weird Science was a movie from the 1980s in which 2 young boys used a computer to literally create the woman of their dreams.Well, we aren’t there yet, but with a development out of the University of Missouri, we’re one step closer.

Researchers at the school have developed a working 3D printer that uses something called ‘bio-ink’ – a mushy, gooey substance made from human cells – that binds to a bio-paper template, which then dissolves to leave something that looks like a human body part.

While scientists are long way off from actually printing organs, they have managed to make a human vein, and are currently working on perfecting the process.

And who knows? Maybe in 20 years from now we’ll be closer to living out a vaguely sexist 1980s ideal of manufacturing the perfect woman. The future! So much to look forward to!

[via: DVICE]

Written by Navneet Alang

Navneet Alang is a technology-culture writer based in Toronto. You can find him on Twitter at @navalang
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