3D-Printed Kidneys Could Shorten Transplant Waiting Times [Video]

3D-Printed Kidneys Could Shorten Transplant Waiting Times [Video]

Scientists at Huazhong University in China are using a 3D printer to create mini organs that are alive and functional.

Emma Hutchings
  • 15 august 2013

Scientists at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China are successfully using a 3D printer to create a living kidney for the first time. Smaller than normal human kidneys, they could be the future of transplants.

3D-Printed Live Kidneys Could Shorten Transplant Waiting Times [Video]

Around 90% of their printed cells are alive, with samples of human kidney cells cultured and blended with hydrogel. This water- and nutrition-rich material enables the printed cells to survive for up to four months.

Gizmodo reports that these mini kidneys can function in exactly the same ways as their real counterpart, breaking down toxins, metabolizing and secreting fluid. These 3D printed kidneys could revolutionize organ transplants and help patients by shortening waiting times. You can check out the live kidneys in the video below:

Huazhong University of Science and Technology


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