Monday, August 27, 2012

Need a New Liver? Then Just Print Yourself One

Need a New Liver? Then Just Print Yourself One Video Clips. Duration : 2.43 Mins.

For more news and videos visit ☛ Follow us on Twitter ☛ http Add us on Facebook ☛ The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory. This is no ordinary printer. It's been configured to print living organs. Researchers have filled the ink cartridges with a cocktail of cells and nutrients. Today they've printed a rat heart - in the future they hope to print human ones. They watch as the newly made heart begins to beat. This novel process is called bioprinting. [Dr.Anthony Atala, Director, Institute of Regenerative Medicine]: " ... with printing an organ we have so many different types of cells that we have to use over and over again but just put them in the right sequence." Serious burn victims may soon benefit from the research. [Mohammad Albanna, Researcher]: "Instead of waiting for the skin itself to provide this material which takes around two weeks, we are providing it right away so forming the seal and providing the bedding for cells so that they can grow fast and immediately." This ferret liver had all it's own cells washed away and the remaining tissue has been coated with human liver cells. After spending some time in a bioreactor it will emerge as a human liver. [Pedro Baptista, Researcher]: "It's like they have their own ...

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