After the night I’m planning to have, I’m going to need a new liver, and a new kind of medical equipment may come to the rescue. Invetech and Organova have designed the first production model 3D bio-printer, capable of placing cells of almost any type into a made-to-order pattern with tremendous accuracy (within microns).
The device is already capable of growing arteries and its creators say that arteries “printed” by the device could be used in heart bypass surgery in as little as five years. Meanwhile, more complex organs such as hearts, and teeth and bone should be possible within ten years. […] Because the patient’s own cells are used the new organ will not be rejected by the body. [gizmag]
Made-to-order patterns they say? I want my new liver shaped like a balloon doggie. Who’s a good boy? Does doggy want some scotch? Yes he does. Yes he does.