A young team has developed a new method -- and new hardware -- for bioprinting

Global competition to perfect and patent 3D printing-based medical technology has only intensified of late, its products ranging from printed lightweight casts to body parts; participants include institutions of all sizes, and — since biotech hackers BioCurious kindly released instructions for assembling a DIY bioprinter — even amateurs. In the fight to treat burns and lesions with 3D-printed skin, the US Army has revealed itself as a major contender; as a result of a recent international competition, however, an award-winning Canadian team has just entered the ring.

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