3D printed live bacteria creates world's first "living tattoo"

Imagine you are allergic to something in the air, but you don’t know about it until it’s too late. However the good news is that it appears that we’re getting close to wearable sensors that can pick up on things like that, thanks to the efforts of researchers at MIT who have developed “living ink” that reacts to the environment.Basically this “ink” consists of hydrogel that is filled with bacteria that is genetically programmed to light up when it comes into contact with certain types of chemicals. In turn this allows it to be worn on the skin, like a patch, and when it lights up you know that there might be certain chemicals in the air that maybe you can try to avoid before it gets too much.According to one of the researchers Hyunwoo Yuk, “This is very future work, but we expect to be able to print living computational platforms that could be wearable.” Another researcher Xinyue Liu adds, “We can use bacterial cells like workers in a 3-D factory. They can be engineered to produce drugs within a 3-D sc

3D printed live bacteria creates world's first "living tattoo"

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a "living tattoo" that can respond to a variety of stimuli... Continue Reading ...

Tue 5 Dec 17 from Gizmag

Engineers use new technique to 3-D print a 'living tattoo'

MIT engineers have devised a 3-D printing technique that uses a new kind of ink made from genetically programmed living cells.

Tue 5 Dec 17 from TechXplore

Researchers unveil 3D-printed 'living tattoos'

The temporary 'living tattoos' developed by MIT researchers can twist and stretch with the natural movements of the body, and could one day allow for wearables that sense potential hazards. ...

Thu 7 Dec 17 from Daily Mail

MIT researchers made a living ink that responds to its surroundings

Researchers at MIT have developed a 3D printable hydrogel that can sense and respond to stimuli. The hydrogel is loaded with bacteria that can be genetically programmed to light-up ...

Tue 5 Dec 17 from Engadget

Ink containing engineered bacteria forms “living tattoo” for environmental sensing

MIT-developed ink can be printed into 3D structures that light up in the presence of predetermined stimuli. The MIT team specialises in developing technologies based on responsive materials, ...

Wed 6 Dec 17 from The Engineer

Engineers 3-D Print a 'Living Tattoo'

NewsMIT Engineers have devised a 3-D printing technique that uses a new kind of ink made from genetically programmed living cells.Contributed Author: MITTopics: Biotechnology

Tue 5 Dec 17 from Laboratory Equipment

Engineers 3-D print a ‘living tattoo’, Wed 6 Dec 17 from Science Blog

Engineers 3-D print a 'living tattoo', Tue 5 Dec 17 from ScienceDaily

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