Gallery: Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create First “Printed” Human Vein

 

3D Printing technology has recently leapt into a new realm — we’ve seen printers that can create entire buildings out of stone, delicious meals out of simple ingredients, and now — perhaps weirdest and coolest of them all — a printer that can build body parts from cells! Scientists working on the Organovo NovoGen printer recently created the first “printed” human vein. This technology could replace other toxic and carbon-heavy medicinal practices like using artificial parts in the human body.

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  1. JoshBou July 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    It doesn’t refer to carbon foot-prints, it refers to the fact that carbon isn’t a preferable material to use in artificial replacements.

    It’s fantastic technology, mind-blowing that these sorts of medical break-throughs are happening thick and fast nowadays.

  2. oleg April 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    What a silly statement:

    \”This technology could replace other toxic and carbon-heavy medicinal practices like using artificial parts in the human body.\”

    The carbon footprint of an artificial organ meant to save somebody\’s life is the last thing any normal person would ever think about.

  3. Oliver March 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Awesome! Nice to see one of Charles Stross’ ideas being realised.

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