Print Your Heart Out

by Matt Davenport,  Chemical & Engineering News

It was an honest question. But the way Stuart K. Williams asked it sounded like the prelude to a wager: Which organ will researchers first replicate with three-dimensional bioprinting?

Williams, the director of the Bioficial Organs Program at the University of Louisville, posed the question to Gabor Forgacs of the University of Missouri at last month’s Select Biosciences Tissue Engineering & Bioprinting Conference in Boston. Forgacs, having just delivered the keynote speech, mulled the question over.

Some believe 3-D printers will one day create viable organ transplants using a patient’s own cells. This would alleviate complications that arise when a patient’s immune system rejects a donor organ. And it would put an end to growing transplant wait lists. For every organ donor in 2012, there were more than eight patients on the transplant wait list, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Read the entire story.

 

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