Video: Growing New Organs with 3D Printing (TED Talk)
In 1954, doctors completed the first kidney transplant procedure. Today, someone dies every 30 seconds from a disease that could be treated through tissue regeneration or organ replacement. What if we could use 3D printing to grow new organs?
Anthony Atala’s state-of-the-art lab grows human organs — from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he shows footage of his bio-engineers working with some of its sci-fi gizmos, including an oven-like bioreactor (preheat to 98.6 F) and a machine that 3D prints human tissue.
In the TED video below, Anthony Atala asks, “Can we grow organs instead of transplanting them?” His lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is doing just that — engineering over 30 tissues and whole organs.