This is the “world’s first 3-D printed heart” an impressive 3D-printed heart made entirely from human cells with blood vessels. Created by Israeli researchers, the entire 3D-printed heart doesn’t beat and is too small for use in people. It’s actually the size of a rabbit’s heart, but needless to say, it’s a major advancement.
The creation of the ‘little organ that could’ is an ongoing effort to find new treatments for heart disease, “the leading cause of death in the United States.” As of now, heart transplantation is currently the only viable option for people with severe heart failure. This 3D-printed heart could someday assist in making donor organs, and thus save lives.
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Heart transplants are in an extremely short supply that, on average, 18 Americans reportedly die each day before one becomes available. “Maybe, in 10 years, there will be organ printers in the finest hospitals around the world, and these procedures will be conducted routinely,” researcher, Tal Dvir, pointed out.