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Week 4 introduction

Questions of ethics and regulations raised around bioprinting. Also what are the future possibilities? A brain on a bench?
You 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.
We 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.
Future possibilities and the considerations that need to be made
In this final week we will look at exciting future possibilities in bioprinting. We will also spend time looking at some more of the ethical issues raised by biofabrication technology.

Conversation starter

  • What are some of the ethical issues around bioprinting that were raised for you in the previous weeks?
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