New words – 3 February 2014

bioartificial adjective created using cells and biological materials

Dr. D’Lima […] has already made bioartificial cartilage in cow tissue, modifying an old inkjet printer to put down layer after layer of a gel containing living cells.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 20 August 2013]

biomechatronics noun the study and development of prosthetic devices that are controlled by signals from a person’s nerves and muscles

To Hugh Herz, a biophysicist and engineer who is director of the biomechatronics group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, prosthetics are improving so quickly that he predicts disabilities will be largely eliminated by the end of the 21st century.

[Smithsonian (US science and society magazine) Sep. 2013]

bioprinting noun the process of printing layers of cells to create tissue

At labs around the world, researchers have been experimenting with bioprinting, […] trying to make cartilage, bone, skin, blood vessels, small bits of liver and other tissues.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 20 August 2013]

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