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Living tissue ‘printed’ in space for the first time

by Steve Dent, Engadget

Cosmonauts aboard the ISS bioprinted human cartilage and a rodent thyroid.

Russian cosmonauts have printed living tissue in space for the first time after their first effort was thwarted by a Soyuz capsule accident. Using a bioprinter created by medical company Invitro, cosmonaut-researcher Oleg Kononenko printed human cartilage tissue and a rodent thyroid gland, according to Parabolic Arc. The aim is to see how space microgravity affects the development of living tissues and organs, with an eye to expanded human space travel in the future.

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