Manufacturing Complex Organs Using a 3-D Printer
I recently came across an article posted by the Lung Transplant Foundation. I am currently a mentor to two individuals who are being evaluated for lung transplant. The article is in the journal Scientific American. The article is titled, “Can 3-D Printing Produce Lung and Liver Tissue for Transplants?” The article details new research on the ability to create lungs and livers by using a 3-D printer. What is amazing about this research is the ability to recreate the complex organs using food dye. The lung and liver are the most complex organs in your body.
I am a bit skeptical on this research but if one day the research comes to fruition and the re-created organs are viable; I think it would be the biggest innovation in the world of organ transplantation. Currently only 20% of procured lungs are considered viable for transplant.
Forum members: Please read the article and respond to the following questions.
Would you allow yourself to be a candidate to receive a 3-D organ if this process was FDA approved?
How would you feel about having an organ in your body made of bio-degradable materials?
Please provide your thoughts on the article.
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