Bioprinting Blood Vessels On Demand

Bioprinting Blood Vessels On Demand

A bio-medical printing method can pave the way for printing tissues and organs in the future.

Naresh Kumar
  • 11 august 2010

A biotech firm called Organovo has created a medical printer that can make blood vessels using a patient’s own stem cells. The company is testing their ‘printed veins’ on animals and eventually plans to do human trials. Organovo believes that because the veins are grown from a patient’s own cells, their body will be more receptive towards the implanted vein. If successful, having custom-printed tissue developed from our own cells and even printing whole organs will not be a far-fetched dream anymore.

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