What is it about?

The manuscript explains that humans and animals lose tissues and organs due to several reasons. In addition, our bodies have a low regenerative potential meaning that once lost some tissues and organs cannot be regenerated but must be replaced, if possible. Transplantation is not enough as there are not enough tissues and organs to use during such procedures. The field of regenerative medicine or tissue engineering aim to regenerate or replace diseased or damaged tissues and organs. 3D bioprinting holds great promise for artificial tissue and organ bioprinting, raising hopes that we might be able to regenerate diseased and damaged tissues and organs as well as make new tissues and organs. Several challenges must be overcome in the application of 3D bioprinting before the technology is widely used to create constructs for regenerative medicine.

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Why is it important?

Millions of people globally would benefit from the availability of created tissues and organs as well as the ability to regenerate diseased or damaged tissues and organs


Technology is going to be part of our everyday lives in future. Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering utilises the latest technologies such as 3D bioprinting and artificial intelligence, making it part of our future

Kevin Dzobo
University of Cape Town

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This page is a summary of: Advances in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering: Innovation and Transformation of Medicine, Stem Cells International, July 2018, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2018/2495848.
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