Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5:30am

UPDATED: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5:44am

Finished product would be called "bioficial heart"

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted.

It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3-D printed heart would ever be put in a person. The technology, though, is not all that futuristic: Researchers have already used 3-D printers to make splints, valves and even a human ear.

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