Archaeological News: Ancient Last Supper charm found in John Rylands Library


The 1,500-year-old papyrus charm discovered in the vaults 

The fragment was found at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library by researcher Dr Roberta Mazza.

“The first ever found to refer to the Last Supper and use magic in the Christian context.”

Dr Mazza said it was an “incredibly rare example of the Bible becoming meaningful to ordinary people”.

She said it would have been put in a locket to protect wearers from danger. Read the rest of this entry »

Next Out of the Printer, Living Tissue

Next Out of the Printer, Living Tissue -

Darryl D’Lima, an orthopedic specialist, worked with a bioprinter in his research on cartilage at Scripps Clinic in San Diego.


SAN DIEGO — Someday, perhaps, printers will revolutionize the world of medicine, churning out hearts, livers and other organs to ease transplantation shortages. For now, though, Darryl D’Lima would settle for a little bit of knee cartilage.

Dr. D’Lima, who heads an orthopedic research lab at the Scripps Clinic here, has already made bioartificial cartilage in cow tissue, modifying an old inkjet printer to put down layer after layer of a gel containing living cells. He has also printed cartilage in tissue removed from patients who have undergoneknee replacement surgery.

There is much work to do to perfect the process, get regulatory approvals and conduct clinical trials, but his eventual goal sounds like something from science fiction: to have a printer in the operating room that could custom-print new cartilage directly in the body to repair or replace tissue that is missing because of injury or arthritis.

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