Creating organic materials in lab is not something that has any shock value anymore. We have gotten so used to this feat of technology, that the concept of specially designed organic structures just doesn’t excite us anymore.
However, it’s hard to top this achievement, as the precise structures of the human body and the limitations posed by current 3D printing standards can only allow for the creation of rigid structures made for specific tasks.
But now, researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have developed a way of bypassing this limitation, through the creation of organic molecules that can be assembled into complex tubular tissue-like structures.
These tissues are made of proteins and peptides that can join together to create dynamic structures, without the use of moulds or 3D printing.
This new ability could easily be used in creating specific structures, such as veins and arteries, in hard to reach places, without disturbing the area around them.
If developed properly, this technology could one day be used to simulate dynamic characters of living tissue such as like growth, morphogenesis, and healing, thereby changing the face of traditional medicine forever.