Printing a Human Kidney

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Combining medicine, engineering, and biology, Anthony Atala and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are developing 3D organ printing as the next new development in organ transplants. Atala and his team were the first to build an organ (a bladder) out of stem cells and cells from the organ recipient and implant that bladder in a human. In this video, we meet the organ recipient on stage.

From the most recent TED conference, Atala’s presentation explores the history behind regenerative medicine and how far its come to this point. Atala even shows the audience a kidney that he and his team have constructed from a 3D printer, though that kidney is far from practical use and implantation.

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