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3D printed rhino horn?

posted 05 May 2015 at 13:03:22

Biotech startup Pembient has come up with what could be a new way to combat the problem of declining rhinoceros numbers, with the help of 3D printing. Rhino horn is highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine – and with the species close to extinction due to the high price the horn fetches on the black market, help of any kind is sorely needed. The San Francisco-cased company has developed a 3D bioprinted material that is genetically similar to rhino horn. They hope that this environmentally friendly material can be used as a substitute, helping to reverse the dramatic drop in rhino numbers. Currently, three of the remaining five rhino species are listed as Critically Endangered, which means they face a very high risk of extinction in the wild.  

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