Small Steps, Big impact – 3D Bioprinting Kidneys at Harvard

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Though it takes just an instant for research to become a discovery, an apple falling from a tree; a bolt of lighting; the snap of a shutter, fully developed breakthroughs in science and medicine take years to perfect, and what we read now, about Harvard material scientists’ developments in the bioprinting of a kidney structure, is one small step closer to a future where organ transplant lists are a thing of the past.

A paper published on 11th October 2016, entitled Bio-printing of 3D Convoluted Renal Proximal Tubules on Perfusable Chips, illustrates how 3D bio-printing has been used to create ‘proximal tubules’ (PTs) – minute vessels found within the structure of human kidneys.

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