Following the amazing progress in the three dimensional bio printing field including the regeneration of human lower jaw and ear and more recently of mini-human livers is it time to make a step further towards more complex human organs such as the heart?
The first copies of real human hearts come from the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC where around $250,000 was spent on a printer. Made from plastic, they are exact anatomical replicas of hearts of patients with unusual anatomic complications. Laura Olivieri, a children's' cardiologist interestingly explains that these hearts enable the surgeon to see the exact anatomical landscape they have to navigate.
The heart is created by giving the printer data from patients' tomography or ultrasound scans thus allowing the machine to build replicas layer by layer.
Efforts are already initiated in the specific hospital to make a 3D real human tissue.
The power of science at its best!
Category: Funding longer lives