Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsYou have heard how the strategic distribution of biologically active molecules and different types of cells allows us to tackle much more complex challenges, such as printing structures for wound healing. Indeed, printing skin. We have highlighted the challenges to be overcome to progress these areas. This week, we will really push the boundaries of what might be possible. If we print layers of cells and biologically active molecules with exquisite precision, can we print a brain on a bench? Why would we do that? These endeavours cause us to reflect on the ethical and regulatory issues that might arise. We will show how, for relatively simple examples such as the implantable heel, these have been addressed.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsWe will discuss how these issues might present a barrier to progress, and we will reveal what the future might hold, if we can get all of the technical and non-technical issues just right.

Week 4 introduction

This week we will look at future possibilities in bioprinting, but also the focus is on ethical issues raised by bioprinting and the regulatory processes that need to be considered.

  • What are some of the ethical issues around bioprinting that were raised for you in the previous weeks? Share your thoughts in the discussion space.

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Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

University of Wollongong