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3D Printing Human Kidneys (not our latest material launch)


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That sounds like a lot of Dr. Frankenstein's waiting to happen.
#1 Christina Westbrook (Homepage) on 2011-03-09 03:38 (Reply)
That pink gloop you just ate wasn't a strawberry mousse... it was the bio-printer feedstock for my new kidney!

Seriously though, this kind of bio-printing is a big leap forward in organ replacement and may benefit many, many people worldwide.
#2 Paul King on 2011-03-09 07:47 (Reply)
Sorry, but that is NOT a human kidney being printed on stage. We are YEARS away from that yet. I contacted the hospital where Dr Atala works and here is their official reply to this story:

"Reports in the media that Dr. Anthony Atala printed a real kidney at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., are completely inaccurate. At the conference, Dr. Atala used a new type of technology to print a kidney-shaped mold and explained how one day – many years from now – the technology might be used to print actual organs.

At the conference, Atala was reunited with a former patient who received a laboratory-engineered bladder 10 years ago. News reports are incorrectly saying that he received a printed kidney.

Reports that bioprinting will eliminate the need for organ donation are also false. While this technology shows promise, it will be many years before it could be applied to patients."

I love the Internet, but once one incorrect story gets "out there" it is impossible to take back.

#3 Glenn Slingsby on 2011-03-10 13:45 (Reply)
Just gotta look at the guy's published papers to realise he still trying to get the building blocks of a kidney structure laid out... cellular and molecular 3d printing is still a few hardware generations away (and the rate things are progressing that could be as little as 10-15 years imo)

Never believe what you read ;-)
#3.1 Paul King on 2011-03-10 21:45 (Reply)

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