Revolutionary news: 3D printed bloodvessels available for transplantation

Friday 4 July 2014

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Bio-printing promises to change the way the medical community deals with organ failure. Every year hundreds of thousands of people die because they could not receive an organ transplant soon enough. The demand for donor organs far exceeds the supply, leaving helpless patients in a state that no one should have to be left in… waiting to live.
 
The hurdle in creating viable tissue, is the vascularisation. Every cell within a human organ, such as the liver, kidney or heart are within a hair’s width of a blood supply.  This is an incredibly complex setup, one which up until now, researchers have found to be a nightmare to overcome when dealing with bioprinting.
 
Scientists from the Universities of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and MIT have been working together to overcome these mountainous hurdles. Today, the University of Sydney made a groundbreaking announcement. The team of scientists from all four universities have figured out a technique, making such vascularisation possible within the 3D bioprinting process.

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