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Medical Technology -- Blood Vessels from the 3D Printer

Scientists from five Fraunhofer Institutes have developed a method to produce artificial blood vessels in a laboratory -- using a 3D printer! Wafer-thin layers of organic ink are printed on top of one another, creating three-dimensional tubes with the properties of blood vessels.

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Before they're ready to be implanted, they must first be coated with proteins, to make it easy for living body cells to dock there.