- Deformed ears are a hallmark of contact sports, including boxing and rugby
- Chinese scientists found a way to sculpt fresh tissue using 3D bioprinting
- Was tested on mice and was able to create brand new ear-shaped supportive tissue and correct defects
People living with ear defects, including sports stars blighted by cauliflower ears, may soon be able to repair decades of damage with a single injection.
Deformed ears are the hallmark of many contact sports, plaguing ex-boxers, rugby players and wrestlers due to repetitive blunt force trauma.
Experiments on mice conducted by Chinese scientists found a way to sculpt new tissue using a 3D bioprinting technique.
The study found the method was highly effective and able to create brand new ear-shaped supportive tissue and correct defects.