3D printing for Human Organs

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3D printing for Human Organs

The Future of Medicine - Using 3D Printers to Create Human Organs

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/03/tech/innovation/3-d-printing-human-organs/

For years now, medical researchers have been able to create skin tissue and blood cells, but working organ are much more complex to create.

Organs made from a 3D printer could be used for research and drug and vaccine testing. Someday the technology could exist to create an organ that could be used for human transplant.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jul/04/3d-printed-organs-step-closer

Of course, there are some ethical questions that come with this technology. What will happen when non-human cells are used to create organs in humans? Who will control the use of the technology? These questions will need to be answered in time.

Due to a shortage of organs, on average of 18 people die each day in the United States waiting for an organ transplant. With the technology of being able to print a viable organ from a 3D printer, these people needing transplants would not have to wait. There would be no worry about waiting for a perfect match and waiting years on a transplant list, an organ could be simply made for you using your own tissue.

"Are we playing God? In the end, saving lives trumps all objections." (cnn.com. 2014)


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