Is 3-D Printing of Human Organs Next?
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While science has been reproducing human cells in laboratories by hand to create living body parts for years, recreating full organs has been a challenge due to the complexity of cell structures. 3-D printers could change this due to the technology that allows for precise and complicated replication. This process, known as bioprinting, takes human cells that have been multiplied in a petri dish and adds them to other materials in a 3-D printer to create a three-dimensional shape that will mold with existing tissues in the body. Printed organs could potentially be used for testing drugs and alleviating organ shortages for transplants. Some are concerned about ethical issues surrounding this practice, including costs that could make this out of reach to all but the wealthiest patients.
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