NY Times Reports on Made-to-Order Organs Made Possible With 3D Printing

Scientist watching a 3D printer print cartilage

A multidisciplinary approach to the generation of organs is providing researchers with the tools to accelerate the application of regenerative therapies to often intractable medical problems – such as the dearth of organs available for transplantation.  Using 3D printers and stem cells, researchers, such as Dr. Darryl D’Lima of the Scripps Clinic and Dr. Boland of the University of Texas at El Paso  are ‘printing’ tissue and organs; developing techniques and processes they hope will allow them to create organs and tissue for human transplantation.  Dr. Boland, who has done much of the basic research on bioprinting technologies said, “I think it is the future for regenerative medicine”.

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