Could 3-D printed kidneys be part of medicine's future?
It was nearly two years ago when Anthony Atala, a surgeon with Wake Forest, took to a TED stage to fire up a 3-D printer and create, live on stage, a working human kidney. Since then—and even somewhat before then—the 3-D printer has distinguished itself in terms of making everything from keychains to handguns to even prosthetic devices. A Chinese university, meanwhile, has provided a bit more insight on just how these little dynamos might work with a new set of 3-D printed kidneys that are showing some impressive promise.
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