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Artificial Organs Grown With Printer

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Artificial Organs Grown With Printer

Anthony Atala explains how his team are able to grow organs for transplant patients…

In 2006, Anthony Atala conducted a transplant operation that was a first for medical science – the patients new bladder was not from a typical donor, it was grown in the lab from the patients own cells.

The technology has come along way since 1996, when Atala and his team first discovered they could use bio-materials as a scaffold to support the regeneration of tissue.

Back then, the bio-material ‘bridge’ was limited to regenerating tissue over a area no bigger than 1cm. Although this new technique did not yet offer a solution for regenerating full organs, it did prove successful in repairing a patients damaged urethra.

Thankfully, Atala and his team did not stop there. They have since developed a way of growing organs in the lab, then performing the transplant using bio-materials to aid the integration of the new organ. Since the organ itself is grown from the patients own cells, there is no chance of rejection, and because the bio-materials are biodegradable, internal stutures simply dissolve.

organs grown with printer Artificial Organs Grown With Printer

The process is truly amazing, the organs are basically grown using a printer, and not only are they tested but they are also exercise and trained before being transplanted in the body. If your not completely convinced, don’t take my word for it, check out the video clip below.

The overview of Atala’s ‘organ creation’ begins at around 7:00 mins, but to get a better idea of how the technique developed, I’d advise watching the whole 17 min clip through.

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