Popular Mechanics: This Patch of 3D-Printed Flesh Is a Step Toward a Full 3D-Printed Heart

Jul 3, 2018

Around 20 people in the United States die every day waiting for a replacement organ. There simply aren’t enough people donating organs to save all of these people, but this isn’t even the biggest problem. Donated organs only last so long before the recipient’s body starts rejecting them, and medication can only delay that process. Eventually, all donated organs have an expiration date.

The solution to this problem is to replace a patient’s organs with new organs made from the patient’s own cells. This way, the patient’s immune system won’t attack the replacement organs. Obviously, the biggest downside of this method is that doctors have to create these replacement organs from scratch, using technology that doesn’t really exist yet.

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