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    Healthcare: Computerworld: The first 3D printed organ -- a liver -- is expected in 2014
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Monday, December 30, 2013

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    EXCERPT

    Approximately 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. But that may change someday sooner than you think – thanks to 3D printing.

    Advances in the 3D printing of human tissue have moved fast enough that San Diego-based bio-printing company Organovo now expects to unveil the world's first printed organ – a human liver – next year.

    Like other forms of 3D printing, bio-printing lays down layer after layer of material – in this case, live cells – to form a solid physical entity – in this case, human tissue. The major stumbling block in creating tissue continues to be manufacturing the vascular system needed to provide it with life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients.

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    www.computerworld.com/s/ar[...]_2014

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