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How 3-D printers are reshaping medicine

from CNBC

While 3-D printing has been successfully used in the healthcare sector to make prosthetic limbs, custom hearing aids and dental fixtures, the technology is now being used to create more complex structures — particularly human tissue. Bio-printing is also playing a part in how some pharmaceutical companies conduct medical research. Medical researchers in the pharmaceutical industry, until lately, have used two-dimensional cell cultures to test drugs during the early stages of development. However, the 2-D cell cultures do not reflect human tissue as accurately. Testing with 3-D tissues, however, provide more precise results, which allows for pharmaceutical companies to determine failed drugs early on before investing more money in development. more

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