The Daily Telegraph has reported that in coming times there will be no need for the patients to wait for organ donations, as they can get them printed.
Organavo can already make new arteries through a bio printer. This regenerative medicine Company, based in California, has a 3D laser printing technology, which is used to make machine parts for the industry. But instead of placing plastic and metal together, it combines living tissues.
Keith Murphy, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, reveals that their Company would enable surgeons to have tissues that are in demand for various uses. Mr. Murphy further adds that these bio-printers may be made available to researchers who could use them as and when required.
According to British magazine, The Engineer, Organavo hired Australian automation specialist Invetech to produce the “bio-printing” prototype.
Two heads are used by the bio-printer to 60,000 to 80,000 cells onto sheets of gel. These cells then form a cylinder, which can be compared to a blood vessel.
Researchers are optimistic about this technique, as they believe that it can be used to create organs. These organs will give patients the life-saving substitutes to transplant wait lists.
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