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3D Printed Livers Are Here For Medical Tests

Recently scientists have set their sights on altering the current technology of 3-D printing to be able to compose a human liver.It is said that necessity is the mother of invention; while man kind is by far the most superior beast on the face of the earth, we all are subject to illness, disease and old age. Throughout the pages of human history we have searched and devised new ways to maintain, prolong and preserve our lives by developing advances in medicine.

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Currently the 3-d printer is a common tool utilized in many fields. It performs its function by resting strips of plastic, metal or many other forms of material in layers to compose what ever 3-D object the creator desires. These machines have already been utilized by teen age students for the creation of art projects to industrial companies making space age machine parts.

Research and development teams are attempting to strategize new ways to change the pre-existing machines to lay strips of biological material ultimately to construct a functioning human liver rather than strips of synthetic or inorganic matter to create a model. The only large setback on the development is that fact that living tissue is alive and is subject to any number of failures, where as man-made or non-living resources will keep indefinitely.

Although the direction of the research may lead to great promise, its has numerous specialists theorizing that it may be a metaphorical Pandora’s box. An ethical controversy  of unfathomable proportions is speculated to arise as early as 2016, over numerous issues including, a high price tag;making these modeled organs only accessible to the most wealthy of patients, the possibility of creating enhanced “super” organs and quality control.

It is reported that currently 3-D printers are able to produce not only the basic building blocks of organs; their vascular systems, but skin tissue and blood vessels.

Although this revolutionary theory may be considered a blessing by some and a curse by others, it will allow scientist to test more radical drugs, vaccines and treatments on actual living human specimens with no repercussions on the living subject. At its current rate of development, living 3-D organ molding may still only appear as a faint blip on a radar screen or as a tiny spec of land on the distant horizon, but  studies show that a practical organ “patch” that would be manufactured by these devices may not be far off.

 

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