Need a new heart? Then print it out.

This new technology is being called biofabrication and its ultimate aim is the 3-D printing of entire human organs. Traditional 3-D printing is a machine process in which an ultra-fine nozzle extrudes particles - usually of plastic or metal - and micro-layer by micro-layer creates a 3-D object. Biofabrication adopts this process but uses living cells rather than plastic or metal as its building blocks.

Biofabrication scientists have already 3-D-printed human blood vessels using stem cells first cultured in a lab to grow into blood vessel cells and loaded them into a 3-D bioprinter. Because the stem cells are taken from the patient who will receive the blood vessels, it’s hoped that rejection of the new vessels will be unlikely. Now scientists plan to put the blood vessels through human clinical trials to prove that it is functional and able to grow, paving the way to a future in which damaged blood vessels can be treated with 3-D-printed replacements.

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  1. itcanbeover reblogged this from emergentfutures
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  3. katstrobe reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    Video about it from 2 years ago too… http://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_printing_a_human_kidney.html 10 years for...
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  5. eloquentenemy reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    This is pure awesome
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  8. meissah reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    What if the printer gets jammed that happens to me at work all the time.
  9. massivelux reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    I wonder what humans they will test this out on….
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  15. finpascoe reblogged this from designersofthings and added:
    It’s a pity that nobody has commented on the fact that while this is amazing technology, it has serious ramifications....
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