May 31, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell bioengineering

2 min read

We all have heard the expression “eyes on the back of one’s head”, but a nose on top of one’s head? What the heck? A Chinese doctor has apparently grown a new nose on top of a patient’s forehead. The patient had his nose damaged by an injury and then also ravaged by infection. It makes perfect sense to bioengineer a new nose for the man, but it’s a puzzling story in this case for many reasons. Why, for example, grow the nose on …Read More

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Need a new liver, pancreas, or other vital organ? I’ll print one right up for you…that is in about 10 years. My intern Lakshmi did a great job on her guest piece last week on the promise of 3D printing in stem cell-based bioengineering including organ and tissue production. It’s an incredibly exciting area of biomedical science. In theory in the future we could literally have new organs printed by specialized forms of 3D printers (e.g. see the image of a 3D printer at left …Read More