This Medical 3D Printing Innovation Aids the Creation of Organs

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jan 19, 2015
References: acs.org & engadget
Since 3D printing has proven useful for creating everything from casts to hip replacements, scientists at the University of Texas at Austin developed a new medical 3D printing innovation.

The scientists have developed a genetic "glue" that's able to form gels that may be used in the printing process for organic tissue. What this means for the future of healthcare is that hospitals would be able to make use of DNA strands to grow organs in a specific way, allowing customization as needed for patients. This also means that this kind of technology could reduce long donor wait lists, since these organs could be created through 3D printing, especially if surgery is required to save a life in a short period of time.