3-D printed skin opens door for artificial organs

Jan 27, 2017, 4:18 AM EST
(Source: Tareq Salahuddin/flickr)
(Source: Tareq Salahuddin/flickr)

Buoyed by the successful creation of 3-D printed skin, the researcher community believes that the first artificial organ can be developed within six years, a feat that would bring big reprieve to transplant patients and cut the need for donors in future. In a recently published research, Spanish scientists described new hardware capable of printing functional human skin, which they claimed will be suited for both transplantation and lab testing of new products.

Despite the noticeable achievement, developing entire human organs remains a big challenge as the process requires printing cells in complex geometries without damaging them, reports MIT Technology Review.

The promising bio-printing landscape has invited a lot of players to join the race and fund projects that could one day transform the medical practice, notes The Economist.

Johnson & Johnson, a large American health-care company, has forged an alliance with Tissue Regeneration Systems, a firm in Michigan, for developing implants for the treatment of bone defects. Similarly, big names like L’Oréal, and Procter & Gamble have also tied up with biotechnology firms to encourage research in additive manufacturing.