Researchers at Michigan Technological University are gaining progress in their work to 3D print replacement nerves using 3D bioprinting techniques. The team has developed polymer materials that can act as a scaffold for growing tissues and is working on integrating graphene as the electrical conductor.

If successful, the combination of the suitable bio-inks, printing technology and conductive graphene may enable the creation of electricity-based medical applications, like functional nerve tissues that can be transplanted into patients.

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