Innervation to Innovation! 3D printing makes regeneration of nerves, possible


With the advent of tissue engineering and 3D bioprinting, a world of possibilities has opened up and the creativity of scientists can lead to nothing short of a miracle! A team of researchers have created a 3D printed silicone nerve guide, a first-of-its-kind, which can produce physical and biochemical cues for the regeneration of both motor and sensory nerves, a rare phenomenon in actuality. This ‘nerve guide’ or the ‘nerve channel pathways’ when grafted onto rat’s severed nerves in vivo could regenerate the damaged tissue. The rat under experimentation was on its feet within 10 to 12 weeks and its ability to walk was improved!