Microbial 3D-printed "Living Ink” Fights Cancer
It’s not over the top to say that we get a bit giddy every time there’s a new advancement in 3D printing technology. After all, there are so many incredible things to be done with 3D printing! This, however, is something totally new.
For the first time, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston have been able to use a special form of 3D printing to create a “living ink” that can release cancer cures, absorb toxins from the body, and regulate its growth as needed by the host.
“We set out to develop a bioink… “microbial ink” that is produced entirely from genetically engineered microbial cells…”
The team wanted to create “an extrudable bioink that had high print fidelity, produce the bioink entirely from engineered microbes, and create a programmable platform that would push the emerging field of living materials to unexplored frontiers.”
They succeeded. Now, for the very first time, a living ink that is capable of responding to its environment has been created, and the future of medical technology just took a massive step into the future.