While a printed organ in the form of a heart has not technically been created, this 3D-printed chip is the first of its kind and boasts similar functions.
Named the "Heart on a Chip" by researchers at Harvard University, the printed organ comes in the form of a "synthetic material designed to mimic the structure and function of native tissue." The chip is able to collect data about the human heart and how effectively it is beating. The purpose of the printed organ is to improve health-related research in a way that is more reliable and comprehensive. In the future, it has the potential to "rapidly design organs on chips to match specific disease properties."
This game-changing medical device could change the future of research in various medical fields.