A new instrument could someday build replacement human organs the way electronics are assembled today: with precise picking and placing of parts.
In this case, the parts are not resistors and capacitors, but 3-D microtissues containing thousands to millions of living cells that need a constant stream of fluid to bring them nutrients and to remove waste. The new device is called 'BioP3' for pick, place, and perfuse. A team of researchers led by Jeffrey Morgan, a Brown University bioengineer, and Dr. Andrew Blakely, a surgery fellow at Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School, introduces BioP3 in a new paper in the journal Tissue Engineering Part C.
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Ref: Drew M. Blakely, Kali L. Manning, Anubhav Tripathi, Jeffrey R. Morgan. Bio-Pick, Place, and Perfuse: A New Instrument for 3D Tissue Engineering. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods, 2014. DOI:10.1089/ten.TEC.2014.0439