3D-printed bunny contains DNA

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According to the teams of Robert Grass at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Yaniv Erlich at Erlich Lab, a DNA storage company in Israel, “One day he [Erlich] wrote an email – ‘Hey, what if we put real information into your object? That would be really cool,’” 3D-printed bunny contains DNA instructions to make a copy of itself. Using the information, researchers have replicated the rabbit several times, highlighting the potential for using DNA to store information in everyday objects.”

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3D bioprinting center

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According to the Technion researchers and Prof. Shulamit Levenberg, “complex and precise artificial tissues that significantly improve their integration in the target organ. The new printer is able to obtain the information from a patient’s CT scans and translate it into printing three-dimensional tissue that exactly suits an injured area. Furthermore, it provides tools to design scaffolds and cells that will grow into tissue.
The printer has different printing heads, each with a different feature such as temperature or UV light. The idea is that you can polymerize the bio-ink while you print. This means the printer is able to simultaneously create tissue from various materials including hydrogels, thermoplastic materials, and ointments. You start with liquid and while printing, you can solidify it in order to be able to make it a structure. So the material, the bio-ink, can be polymerized either by a change of temperature, UV light, light or by mixing different components”.