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Corneal transplants are among the most common solid tissue transplants – over 30,000 are performed each year in the US alone (1). But with around 10 million people in need of transplants globally, the number of donor corneas cannot meet cut demand.

Now, a team at Newcastle University in the UK has succeeded in 3D-printing a human cornea equivalent (2). The proof-of-concept study, led by Che Connon, Professor of Tissue Engineering, mixed stem cells from a healthy donor cornea with alginate and collagen to create a “bio-ink”, which was 3D printed in concentric circles to form the shape of a cornea in less than 10 minutes. We spoke with Connon to find out more...

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as a deputy editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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