Scientists Make Use of the Cells of a Patient to Print First 3D Heart

The researchers from Tel Aviv University have successfully managed to print the first ever 3D heart. It makes use of cells along with biological materials from a patient. This breakthrough in the medical field was published in Advanced Science. It had managed to produce a whole heart, completely filled with cells, blood vessels, ventricles, and chambers. This has indeed turned out to be a marked improvement over attempts made earlier, which could only print simple tissues without having vessels.

The whole process of creating the heart started off with a biopsy of tissues containing fats, which are taken from patients. The cellular material collected from the tissues managed to get used as the ink meant for the printing job. This had allowed the researchers to create really complex models of tissue, which include cardiac patches and finally the whole heart. The size of the heart happens to be only close to the size of the heart of a rabbit. Still, the technology, which had made it possible, could finally result in the production of an organ, similar to the size of a human organ. As of now, hearts can only manage to contract. The researchers have the plan to get the 3D printed hearts cultured and teach them, exactly how to operate like that of the real deal. Once the procedure gets completed, they would try to transplant these into the models of animals.

Research analysts have been putting their work on 3D-printed tissues for a number of years. The ultimate goal is to create functioning organs for transplant. The scientists, who were involved in the heart project at Tel Aviv University, came up with the theory that within a span of 10 years, printers of organs might well be available at hospitals.

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