Mar.14, 2014

Three high school students, Nathan Bryant, Cameron Spicer and Thomas Worsham have created a working 3D bioprinter that has the ability to print and grow bacteria, The Loveland City School District in Ohio, U.S. announced this week.

The functioning bioprinter is the culmination of a nine-month capstone project the students began as juniors as part of the LHS biotechnology class.

The team converted a 3D router system originally designed to cut out wood into the 3D bioprinter. They put live bateria cells into sugar based gelatin like material and printed them out layer by layer to build 3D structure.

"In medicine what you can do is take cells from an organ if a patient needs an organ transplant and then put the patient's cells into it and actually make an artificial organ," explained Worsham.

"Ours is printing scaffolding that has bacteria in it, where they would have real human live cells and be creating very complex shapes and living structures."

"You don't see this happen every day," said Jamie Allison, LHS biotechnology teacher. "I've seen something like this happen now once in my career."

"Before I realized it, I had tears running down my face," Allison said. "We brought the AP Bio teacher down – she was teary on the spot. I hope I get to see it again, but if I don't, I know that I was in a school where I had students that were prepared enough by the district, and then I just gave them the push and a few other skills to do something like this. If this is what my career ends like, I'm OK… I'm fine with that."

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Julio wrote at 3/14/2014 9:11:02 PM:

What's new with that? Almost anybody can make a cartesian bot. Extruding galatine with bacteria on it?. I fail to see the innovaton, please someone explain.

alvaro wrote at 3/14/2014 2:28:23 PM:

We must believe in the youth ,they are the hope to make this world a better place.

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