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Old 03-08-2011, 11:42 PM
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Tissue Engineer Prints Dummy Kidney Model Onstage at TED 2011 [Updated] | Popular Science

A few years ago, Atala figured out how to produce human tissue with a desktop inkjet printer, using cells as the printer ink. In a TED talk last year, he described printing heart valves and other tissues. This week at TED, he brought one of his patients on stage. When he was 10, Luke Massella was among the first people to receive a re-engineered organ he was born with spina bifida and received a new bladder grown from his own tissue. Now hes a healthy college student.
There should be more funding on something like this!! Instead of waiting for a heart transplant or other organ transplant a printer can use your own tissue to print out a full working organ in under 8 hours. For one why is this not used today more readily if it was successful over 10 years ago? Like one of the comments on popsci stated that there is no money in cures but rather prolong your life with medication that you must buy over and over again is where they make the $$$.
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