Cord Tissue Stem Cells, 3D Printing and the future of Heart Disease

"Imagine being able to walk into a hospital and have a full organ printed – or bio-printed, as we call it – with all the cells, proteins and blood vessels in the right place, simply by pushing the 'print' button in your computer screen,” Dr. Luiz Bertassoni of the University of Sydney.

The Wyss Institute has brought together the finest minds from Harvard, Stanford, Universities of Sydney and MIT to solve the various obstacles standing between science and a tremendous goal: using stem cells to generate organs like the heart, liver and kidneys.

The latest research worth following involves breakthroughs combing biology, engineering, and technology that grow transplantable human hearts and therapeutic heart tissue.

Printing body parts

Researchers have successfully created artificial blood vessels using 3D printers. These tiny, root-like structures are essential for growing large, complex tissues. All organs need the reliable blood supply provided by blood vessels. The ability to replicate this incredibly intricate setup brings us one heartbeat closer to transplantable organs for all in need.

The endothelium, the lining of blood vessels that supply nutrients to all organs, is derived from Mesenchymal Stem Cells like those found in the umbilical cord tissue. Our process of preserving a complete segment of the cord tissue will likely offer the largest amount of these pivotal stem cells. The possibility of growing a part or all of a heart, liver, or kidney is another great reason to preserve your child’s umbilical cord tissue.

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Check out the cutting-edge material that will someday be used as a platform to grow organ and tissues.
Harvard’s piece of the research: Scientists Use 3D Printing to Create A Patch of Beating Heart Cells
Japanese researchers have grown functional liver tissue.

Last Updated on: 10/31/2018 by Oleg Mikulinsky