The rate at which technology advances is pretty impressive. While we now have 3D printers for simple objects, it looks like we’ll be able to do so much more in the future. Professor Lee Cronin, a leader of a world-class team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University wants to take things to another level: a computer that could print out any drug we need. The printer (or “chemputer”) would use simple reagents as its “inks”. These reagents, when combined in the right conditions and quantity will form the more complex chemicals that form the drugs we want.
Imagine not having to leave the house to pick up some drugs – just load up a prescription into the machine and print your medication from your desk. Or how about obtaining drugs not available in your country? Instead of paying for expensive shipping and waiting for it to arrive, you’ll be able to make the drugs you want at home or in a hard to reach location. A pretty interesting idea, though we expect it’d be many years before we see such a machine in existence. Read more about the chemputer at the source link below.
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