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How long before bioprinting replaces the need for donor organs?

from Verdict Medical Devices

Currently, there are 6,153 people waiting for an organ transplant in the UK, and 3,474 have received one since April last year. However, over 400 people died in 2019 while waiting for a transplant and the country is facing a significant shortage of donors, particularly from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. Now, the UK is introducing a new law where all eligible adults will be automatically enrolled as organ donors unless they choose to opt out, transitioning away from the previous system where people needed to opt in. Even when a heart, lung or kidney is acquired and transplanted, recipients’ bodies can reject the new organ. While they go on to take immunosuppressive drugs to minimize the risk of this happening, these aren’t always successful and come with risks of their own. What if there was a better way? more

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