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Mice breed healthy pups with 3D printed ovaries

May 18, 2017, 6:34 AM EDT
(Source: audrey_sel/flickr)
(Source: audrey_sel/flickr)

In a groundbreaking development towards restoring fertility and hormone production in infertile women, the researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine engineered 3D printed bioprosthetic ovaries and implanted them in sterilized mice, enabling the rodents to ovulate and give birth to healthy pups.

The artificial ovary is printed using liquid gelatin, which is a natural material rigid enough to be handled during a surgery and at the same time porous enough to allow permeation of substances to and from the mouse’s body tissues, writes Science Daily.

In the next stage, the researchers plan to create larger bioprosthetic ovaries for trial with humans, notes Research Gate.

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