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Wake Forest Institute advancing bioprinter tech for wound care

from Xconomy

In the not too distant future, one of the most important pieces of equipment for treating injured soldiers at a combat hospital could be a printer. Doctors may someday wheel a portable "bioprinter" over to a soldier's bed, line it up, and print new layers of skin directly onto a severe wound or burn. That's the kind of high-tech medical salvation for traumatically injured service members that military officials were hoping for when they began funding the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine in 2008. At the time, the U.S. military was struggling to cope with more than 51,000 soldiers wounded in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them were hurt by IEDs — improvised explosive devices — and concussive blasts that were so powerful that the soldiers would have died if not for body armor and advanced emergency treatments. more

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