Doctors 3D Print Functional Body Parts

3D printing technology has been used to craft everything from toys to food, but its potential application in medical science is arguably one of the most exciting. This weekend, researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine successfully printed living tissue, the first of many important steps towards eventually constructing fully functional human organs.

According to Engadget, head researcher Anthony Atala and his team use the Integrated Organ and Printing System (ITOP) to create living tissue capable of naturally integrating into the body. For example, a 3D printed human ear implanted under the skin of a mouse eventually generated its own blood vessels and cartilage.

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