Idaho State University one of a few to implement 3D bioprinting

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POCATELLO — Cells are multiplying all around us, but at Idaho State University, it’s happening a little differently. ISU is one of the few higher education institutions in the country to receive a 3D printer for the purpose of bioprinting.Bioprinting is the use of 3D printing technology to print or reproduce a material made up of viable living cells. With this technology, researchers and scientists can print skin and several other structures that imitate natural human tissue. Cells and other matter from cultured human tissue are transferred into “ink” cartridges, and while it may look like a regular computer printer, such printers are capable of printing different layers with different materials simultaneously.Jared Barrott, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy’s Department of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and graduate students, Sarah Luelling, Chris Nartker and Matt Kirkham, are taking part in this groundbreaking technological advancement within the medical research community. Barrott saw the exact 3D bioprinter model they have now at a conference, as it was demonstrating how to print an actual human nose. The 3D printer was issued to the College of Pharmacy, in hopes of making university research more translational, or deliverable, in clinical trials. The …

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