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3D pen prints stem cells during surgery

Advanced biotechnology may be coming to your local hospital’s operating room.

An Australian technology firm teamed up with orthopedic surgeons at St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne to develop a 3D printing pen that creates customized cartilage implants during surgery, IB Times reported.

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The pen uses a gel bio-ink to carry and help human stem cells survive and build layers of tissue for implants.

When doctors do a cartilage repair, it can be difficult to know exactly what shape of artificial cartilage they will need prior to surgery.

The study was published by the medical journal Biofabrication.

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