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    Scientists use 3D printing to create heart

    Scientists use 3D printing to create heart

    Ryan W. Miller
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    A team of Israeli scientists “printed” a heart with a patient’s own cells in a world first, researchers said.
    Past researchers had been able to print simple tissues without blood vessels, the team said. This development was the first time “anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,” Tal Dvir of Tel Aviv University told The Jerusalem Post.
    Dvir and his team reported their findings Monday in Advanced Science.
    The heart, about the size of a rabbit’s, is too small for a human, but the process used to create it shows the potential for one day being able to 3Dprint patches and maybe full transplants, the team said. Because the heart is made from the patient’s own biological material, it reduces the chance the transplant would fail, according to the research paper.
    The team used fatty tissues, then separated and “reprogrammed” the cellular and acellular materials. Stem cells were then created that become heart cells.



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    Simultaneously amazing and terrifying, I'm not sure how to feel about this one...
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    "Why should I fear what others fear? How ridiculous!" - Lao Tzu

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    Me neither...just thought I'd share it "as found" in today's paper.

    The one thing I know is that it's hard to "put the genie back in the bottle".
    Last edited by Bogertophis; 04-16-2019 at 06:29 PM.

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    Re: Scientists use 3D printing to create heart

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    Re: Scientists use 3D printing to create heart

    Quote Originally Posted by fadingdaylight View Post
    Simultaneously amazing and terrifying, I'm not sure how to feel about this one...
    To think that if you needed a transplant but did not have to wait for someone else to die or donate and hope you don't reject it. Amazing. Where does it end?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_6th_Day

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    Re: Scientists use 3D printing to create heart

    Bladerunner is right around the corner.
    Honest, I only need one more ...

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    I wonder if they could use this technology for amputees, that would be amazing.

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    Fifty years ago this kind of thing was the stuff of sci fi novels. It makes you wonder where we will be 50 years from now.

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    Re: Scientists use 3D printing to create heart

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    Fifty years ago this kind of thing was the stuff of sci fi novels. It makes you wonder where we will be 50 years from now.
    That and what kind of Cool-Aid they were drinking fifty years ago, lol.

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    Now if they could just come up with a way for everyone to get along, without greed & wars...

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