Researchers in Tel Aviv have printed the first vascularized heart made from human stem cells. For the first time, researchers successfully printed heart tissue along with the blood vessels necessary for the heart to be operational. In a miniaturized version, the researchers also incorporated the chambers of the heart. The next step is scaling up the size of the printed heart to the size typically found in humans. Researchers believe a successful scaling up of the process would accelerate parallel efforts to bio-engineer organs in vitro and ameliorate the vast organ shortage, particularly with hearts.
We’ve previously reported on new advancements in 3D organ and tissue printing technologies, such as the ultrasound tissue targeting and flash freezing layers of printed tissue. These advancements, along with the ability to vascularize printed organs and tissues, is poised to make 3D printing a viable alternative to organ transplants that require lengthy waiting periods and have a high risk of rejection. Printing technologies that use autologous, or the patients’ own, stem cells will eliminate the risk of rejection entirely, and more advanced organ printing will help the thousands of people who are on waiting lists for organ replacements.
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