Thursday, February 25, 2016
Is it possible to grow a 3-D printed ear?
Bioengineers from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have recently come up with a way to 3-D print organs. They created the structure of a human ear and placed it into the backs of mice and rats. The transplanted tissue had blood vessels and nerves running through it and it even was able to grow. The tissue is made of a mixture of human, rat or rabbit cells and gelatin. This could later lead to 3-D printed hearts in the future! I think this is awesome! It is a more comfortable way transplant organs because the donor wouldn't have to die or choose to live with out a kidney for example.
Would you feel more comfortable with a donor organ from a human or a 3-D printed one?
Would you feel confident that a man made organ would work properly?
How do you feel about 3-D printing body parts?