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  • Israeli scientists unveil world’s first 3D-printed heart with human tissue

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel...-human-tissue/

    Israeli scientists unveil world’s first 3D-printed heart with human tissue

    Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a “major medical breakthrough” that advances possibilities for transplants.

    While it remains a far way off, scientists hope one day to be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans as well as patches to regenerate defective hearts.
    Pete (might be in the market for a 3D printed heart in a decade or two, and his kid might benefit from printed lungs)

  • #2
    Can they print a vascular organ about 12" long and 1.5" in diameter? I'm asking for a friend.
    "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mr. Raceboy View Post
      Can they print a vascular organ about 12" long and 1.5" in diameter? I'm asking for a friend.
      Yes.
      They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
      -Mr. Raceboy

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      • #4
        Wow. When that transplant surgery becomes mainstream, watch out!

        Pete (is horrified by the thought, but bets a lot of people are intrigued)

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        • #5
          It’s also really useful for drug development — how handy to be able to push your drug through a 3D liver and kidney and then take them apart to look for necrosis and/or lesions.
          They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
          -Mr. Raceboy

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          • #6
            Too bad we'll probably all be dead before someone's willing to let us use it...

            Pete (sighs)

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            • #7
              You'd be suprised -- it didn't take very long for mechanical hearts, and something like this that was grown from stem cells harvested from the recipient would be far more likely to be successful. I'd bet that if they had a prototype good enough to work in a pig, we would be less than 7 years from FDA approval (assuming it proved safe...).
              They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
              -Mr. Raceboy

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