One startup created functioning slices of liver by 3D printing living cells, a huge step in potential for 3D printed organs.
Make up your mind, appendix! Studies show that the organ, often more trouble than it's worth, has evolved independently in mammals over and over again.
The lab-on-a-chip, designed by researchers at John Hopkins, seems like science-fiction lure, but what it has inspired is even more futuristic: living organ-on-a-chip. It's exactly what it sounds like, as hard as that might be to believe: a living organ on a chip.
If you're still not convinced that stem cells are the future of medicine, try this on for size: Japanese researchers have used them to synthesize a fully functioning organ entirely from scratch.
It's like something out of science fiction or a horror movie or both: in order to facilitate transplants, we can now keep human hearts alive and beating and toasty warm inside a special electromechanical box full of fresh blood.
For the first time ever, rats implanted with lab-grown lungs were able to breathe and oxygenate their blood. It's a huge step towards being able to grow organs for people who need replacements, ending the need for live-patient transplants.
It sounds like science fiction, but researchers from the University of Missouri have a 3D printer that could one day recreate human organs by using a cocktail made from human cells. If your liver was failing, for instance, cells from...