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Nerves regenerated using 3D printing technology

3D printing technology is fast becoming a game changer with several applications and now researchers have been able to generate fully functional nerves using this technology

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netizen1900d ago

Nerve damage is often permanent, but a team of US researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. It is great. :)

notmyfirstid1900d ago

This is great. 3D-print technology proved to be a miracle ever since it has been researched for science and human welfare.

notmyfirstid1899d ago

This is pretty awesome. I sense miracle for alzheimer patient?

LightofDarkness1899d ago

Motor and sensory nerves, not brain synapses. That would be incredibly risky, if not impossible surgery to boot.

It is a breakthrough for those with MS, ALS/MND and physical injuries resulting in nerve damage.

FlyingFoxy1898d ago

Never say never for that, that's why we will likely have bio nanotechnology for trickier situations.

Heavenly King1894d ago

that requires nanomachines (like in MGS saga :0 )

digitfreakbot1899d ago

I feel like it would be easier and more efficient better all around/ might already be a little possible if instead of 3d printing a new one you are able to induce or inject stem cells to just regrow as nervous tissue, The body essentially 3d prints it. Using chemical cues to guide neuronal growth has been around for a long time.

netizen1899d ago

as much as you think it is the best way, you should appreciate the achievement. I mean comon' isn't it great?

digitfreakbot1899d ago

You're right, it is great. And I am happy that mankind could achieve something that once were beyond our reach. But stimulating the growth ignited by some chemical would be a great way to go. Being able to force our body to regenerate the nerve endings just like lizards or starfish grow their body parts. I accept it is far fetched, but hey, we used to think that regenerating a nerve cell is SCi-Fi.

Minute Man 7211899d ago

Eventually it will be like you mentioned Digit, we have to learn to crawl before we can walk

Trunkz Jr1898d ago (Edited 1898d ago )

@digitfreakbot

The cost is way too high tho, its like $10,000 per treatment, and outside of US its like $20,000 all the way up to $100,000.