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3D-printed organs are within reach

Written by Nick Dinsmoor

November 2, 2019

3D-printed organs are within reach

Replicating body parts for transplants, drug screens and more through 3D-printing tissues and organs may be in reach thanks to new research on hydrophilic liquid polymers.

According to researchers, “Using their new method, the researchers printed an assortment of complex shapes—including tornadoesque whirls, single and double helices, branched treelike shapes, and even one that resembles a goldfish.”

Although “complex” body parts (such as windpipes and blood vessels) may pose a challenge, scientists predict that 3D-printed tissues made by including living cells in the ink could soon be within our grasp.

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