Israeli scientists on Monday unveiled what they said was the first-ever 3D printed heart made of real human tissues and vessels, calling it a first and a “major medical breakthrough” that advances possibilities for transplants.
The heart, about the size of a rabbit’s, marked “the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,” said Tal Dvir, who led the project.
“People have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood vessels,” he said.
The whole, living, pulsating 3D-printed heart “paves the way to the medicine of the future, in which patients will no longer have to wait for transplants or take medications to prevent their rejection” a press announcement said of the groundbreaking scientific feat.
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