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Tissue Manufacturing

I came across an article about tissue manufacturing, while we have been recreating different body parts, this is in a new way, with a 3D printer. They are creating capillaries with a printer in this lab, capillaries have proven to be an issue in building larger structures in the past so this is their way around it. While it is a while out, if not impossible for large complex organs to be transplanted into humans, it is being seen as a way to test new drugs on artificial organs, rather than go through the human testing as in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. What do you guys think of tissue manufacturing? How about the manufacturing of entire  organs?

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-09/3-d-printer-can-manufacture-artificial-blood-vessels-tissue-engineering

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  1. September 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Yea I saw a documentary on the Discovery Channel about this about a year or two ago. It’s pretty interesting and has a lot of potential. By “printing” a new organ, we are using the person’s own DNA and that the organs are technically created by the person’s body, except with the assistance of the machine that supercharges regeneration. This means that patients no longer have to wait for organ donors. And if they do receive a “manufactured” organ, their body will mostly likely accept it because it is not really a foreign object.

  2. September 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    The potential of this technology s fantastic for testing reasons but as for the transplantation of fully functionally organs, I feel this might be a little bit of a fantasy. But if it is in fact possible to get the body to accept a completely man made organ then the possibilities seem to be endless. If we are able replace entire organs it is possible that previously terminal diseases are now curable and with that it seems very possible to extend the average life span of a human by a significant amount, which in all honesty is an awesome concept.

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