MASSDEVICE ON CALL — California biotech startup Organovo has its sights set high, promising to demonstrate the promise of 3D bio-printing technology by unveiling a human organ made of printed living cells by the end the year.
Organovo plans to begin organ-printing with the human liver, constructed by laying down layer after layer of human tissue to form a single organ. To do so, the company needs to develop a sort of vascular system to keep the organ fed with nutrients and oxygen, lest it wither on the printer.
Even if Organovo manages to keep the liver alive, it won’t likely be ready for human transplantation any time soon, suitable instead for testing drugs and conducting scientific research, Business Insider reported.
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