Bioprinting Blood Vessels On Demand
A bio-medical printing method can pave the way for printing tissues and organs in the future.
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.