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3-D-printed ear creates hope for organ transplants

from By Lynn Hetzler

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina used a 3-D printer to fabricate human baby-sized ear structures and successfully implanted them beneath the skin of mice. Within two months, blood vessels and cartilage began to grow in the ear structures, which had maintained their shape. One of the greatest challenges for tissue engineering is producing three-dimensional vascularized tissue structures of clinically relevant size, shape and structural integrity. more

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