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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:14 PM

A research team in Israel made a 3D-printed heart from human tissue and vessels.

A research team in Israel made a 3D-printed heart from human tissue and vessels.

“[This is] the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,” Dr. Tal Dvir, who led the project, told the press.

“People have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood vessels."

The team's next challenge is to teach the heart to behave correctly (which seems like the setup to a rom/com if you ask me). Currently, the model heart can contract, but it cannot yet pump blood. After that's figured out, researchers can implant the hearts into animal models to see how they'll respond.

Optimistically, scientists hope that functioning human organs will be able to be printed in hospitals within the next ten years. Although Dvir believes that medical facilities will start with the "simpler organs" first.

https://www.upworthy.com/a-research-team-in-israel-made-a-3-d-printed-heart-from-human-tissue-and-vessels?c=upw1

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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:49 PM

1. Wow ! n t

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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:42 PM

2. Interesting. I wonder how close they are to jump-starting one.

Particularly one that hasn’t been beating for decades. Still, very promising.

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