Live cells printed using inkjet printer
Printing has witnessed evolutions in all the domains. It is not merely limited to paper now. With 3D printing coming in and taking the center stage, scientists are now printing jawbones, robots, dinosaur replicas, and a string of many similar things.
A recent innovation that has been added to the printing domain involves printing live cells and that too using a standard inkjet printer. The research has taken place at the Clemson University. The team at the university is printing cells into slides and also using the technique to open the pores of cell membranes.
“The advantage of using thermal inkjet printing to inject molecules into cells is that the technique is relatively benign to cells, There were limits, however, to the printing technology. The holes that the printer made were only 10 nanometers wide, so only things smaller than that could enter,” the authors wrote in their paper.