Day 200: Print your own medicine

What else can 3D printing do? How about using it to print molecules? This is the brainchild of Lee Cronin, who aims to make the world’s coolest chemistry set.
If biological and chemical networks are embedded in this 3D printing device, they’ll work like a search engine, meaning the correct drugs can be engineered for the sick cell. The project requires hardware, software and chemical inks. Users will he able to download the blueprint for a molecule in the device and make molecules using the software produced.
Cronin’s team have looked at drug discovery and manufacturing. The future looks like this: drugs can be printed at point of need and new diagnostics can be downloaded. Users can print their own personal medicine using information from their stem cells and environment. What’s next? ‘Beam me up,’ says Cronin.


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