Gallery: MIT Harnesses Biological LEGO Blocks to Build New Organs


Researchers at the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology have created a new type of “biological LEGO” building blocks that can be used to form new organs. By binding cells together into tiny block-like structures researchers have found that they can precisely recreate human tissues. Best of all, the technique doesn’t require expensive specialized machinery – the MIT researchers believe that their biological building block technology could be replicated in any lab in the world.

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  1. utamaverick2004 June 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    As an early investor in ONVO only to see the stock rally, then decline sharply today, cost – complexity – funding are always issues that will plague technological advancement. The MIT Harvard on the cheap route without complex manufacturing processes warrants further study. ONVO – Organovo states that continued funding will be an ongoing concern in their SEC filings.

    But where the printed cell material fuses to form struture (my lay interpretation) can the MIT process be controlled enough to avoid be something less strucutred (unrestrained growth) in a bind as you go with light stimulation.

    If you think about the dental composite process of today to fill and relace chipped teeth it shares a similar low cost methodology with is widely accepted. But we are talking rigid structures and not soft organ tissue in this current day use.

    Best Wishes to the MIT techies and a simpler approach.

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