Organ transplant has been considered a breakthrough in the medicine field for a very long time. This is due to the fact that it helps save a lot of humans worldwide. It has definitely changed the course of medicine especially with major diseases and organ failure. However, with the low availability of organ donors compared to the number of conditions that need new organs, it forces researchers to find alternatives that will be more efficient.
This is what introduced the use of 3d printing to create organs from genetic and biological material. In our century it is not a new thing to 3D print organs or tissue as it has already been done for a couple of years for skin tissue and a few organs. However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, have developed a method to 3D print the first heart. This heart was created using biological material consisting of cells from the patient who needs the heart, thus making it accepted by the body and as natural as possible.
The study was led by a professor of TAU’s School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology, called Tal Dvir who published the results in the journal of Advanced Science.
Dr. Tal commented on his findings saying, “This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers.