Friday, January 22, 2010

Printing New Organs

Anthony Atala shares footage of research from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which is developing methods of growing organs in vitro in this TedMed talk:

The lab uses modified ink jet printer technology to build new organs.  You can watch a video of the printer printing skin (wmv), which is research sponsored by the U.S. Army to help wounded soldiers. Similar printers are being developed by the US biotech firm Organovo and in Japan.

This technology sounds like it would be more efficient that having to wait for organs to grow from scratch, and doesn't have the ethical concerns associated with organs transplanted from other people or animals.  Now the question is how long it will take for the organ printer to be perfected - and whether it will be made readily available for treatment of non-military personnel.

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  1. it's a great post.. thank you for your video information..:)

  2. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I have only one question, are the cells generated in the culture strictly new?
    If they are replics from an old cell, shouldn't they be different from those generated by stem cells?
    Excuse my english


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