Researchers at the University of Glasgow could soon be growing and shipping customized, 3D printed bones to landmine blast survivors.
Every year, an estimated 4,300 people are injured or killed by landmine blasts, with that number recently reaching the highest it’s been in a decade. But thanks to a £2.8 million funding deal secured earlier this morning with the Find A Better Way charity, established by football legend Sir Bobby Charlton, the Glasgow project is now a huge step closer to aiding victims around the world in their recovery.
As part of the regenerative medicine project, University researchers use a 3D printer to create bone scaffolds, which are then coated with intricate layers of stem cells and a growth factor known as BMP-2. The components are then placed in a Nanokick, a specialized machine which rapidly shakes the scaffold to further stimulate the interaction between the stem cells and the growth factor, encouraging the bone tissue to grow at a vastly accelerated rate.
Once completed, it will only take 3 or 4 days to produce bone pieces customized for individual patients’ needs. The bone tissue will continue to grow once implanted in the patient’s body, eventually replacing the scaffold, which then dissolves, leaving the patient only with new bone.
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