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Bioprinting better kidney organoids

Automated extrusion-based bioprinting has been shown to enable human kidney organoid generation with improved throughput, quality control and scale, representing an important step towards macro-scale kidney tissue engineering.

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Fig. 1: The use of extrusion bioprinting to generate organoids of varying conformation.

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Humphreys, B.D. Bioprinting better kidney organoids. Nat. Mater. 20, 128–130 (2021).

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