'Printer' Creates Organs for Transplant
Use of new technique could eventually end waiting lists for organs
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 4, 2010 10:51 AM CDT
A file photo of surgeons.   (Photo: Business Wire)

(Newser) – The principles of 3D printing are being applied to medicine, raising the possibility that doctors might someday be able to produce human organs for transplant and end the use of waiting lists. California biotech company Organovo already has a prototype of the so-called "bioprinter," which uses two printer heads to place cells ("bioink") onto a water-based gel ("biopaper"). For more details on the process, see the Telegraph and, especially, the Engineer.

“Ultimately the idea would be for surgeons to have tissue on demand for various uses," says Organovo's chief executive.

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JimW
Jun 6, 2010 11:46 AM CDT
The religious right will find a reason to stop any advances
Anthony Sanudo
Jun 5, 2010 3:06 AM CDT
This sounds like complete science fiction but this type of technology is already being used in the field of medicine. It is not quite 3-D organ printing but it is 2-D new skin printing! I saw a video about it the other day. Scientists have figured out a way to use the common household ink-jet printer to print sheets of new skin for burn victims. It's pretty unbelievable! I'll post a link below if you want to check out the video. http://www.ndep.us/Printing-Ne...
JoeQ
Jun 4, 2010 11:59 PM CDT
Just don't use the Dingbat font. We got enough of them.