5 Aug 2020 – Artificial ORGANS – testing vaccines – 3D printed organs are a big business

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3-D printed organs aid vaccine testing

While use of the technique in humans is years away, researchers are honing the methods to test drugs and more.

WAKE FOREST INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE (TOP)

A heart, liver and kidney structure were created by 3-D printing at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

As shortages of personal protective equipment persist during the coronavirus pandemic, 3-D printing has helped to alleviate some of the gaps. But Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and his team are using the process in a more innovative way: creating tiny replicas of human organs — some as small as a pinhead — to test drugs to fight COVID-19.

The team is constructing miniature lungs and colons — two organs particularly affected by the coronavirus — then sending them overnight for…

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