3D printed human corneas could provide unlimited supply for transplants

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News Story Source: https://www.nextbigfuture.com, brian wang
They have a unique gel – a combination of alginate and collagen – which keeps the stem cells alive whilst producing a material which is stiff enough to hold its shape but soft enough to be squeezed out the nozzle of a 3D printer.

Experimental Eye Research – 3D bioprinting of a corneal stroma equivalent

As the outermost layer of the human eye, the cornea has an important role in focusing vision.

Yet there is a significant shortage of corneas available to transplant, with 10 million people worldwide requiring surgery to prevent corneal blindness as a result of diseases such as trachoma, an infectious eye disorder.

In addition, almost 5 million people suffer total blindness due to corneal scarring caused by burns, lacerations, abrasion or disease.

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