Researchers Claim To Successfully 3D-Print Living Kidneys

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 9:28am
Yona Gidalevitz

3D printing is a promising technology that, aside from its obvious manufacturing advantages, has been steadily showing promise in the field of medical research. Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China claim to have successfully created living human kidneys through the use of 3D Printing. The artificially created organs have apparently been found to effectively perform the functions of a human kidney, including the breakdown of toxins, metabolic functions, and the secretion of fluids. According to a recently surfaced video report from China View, the raw material from which the organs are printed is a mixture of cultured cells and a nutrient rich hydrogel. The 3D printed organs are said to be able to survive for up to an incredible 4 months in the lab. Xu Mingen, lead researcher, explains that this process differs from traditional 3D printing, because the living tissue must have adequate room to grow, unlike solid plastic devices. He also says that the technology is far from being ready for use in hospitals, but the potential for 3D-Printed organs to revolutionize the transplant process is staggering.

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