Patients waiting for an organ transplant may soon have a new treatment option — print out the organ or tissue they need using a revolutionary form of 3D printing that may one may day eliminate the need to wait on transplant donations.Organovo, a biotech company in San Diego is leading the revolution in bioprinting and Boston area researchers are weighing the benefits of 3D-printed tissue. “It’s about personalized and customized treatment,” said Xuanhe Zhao, a professor of mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He said 3D printing could eventually eliminate the need for transplant donations. “You wouldn't even need the donors, you use your own cells to regenerate the tissue or organ you need,” Zhao said. Taylor Crouch, CEO of Organovo said the company manipulates DNA, RNA and human cells to create the tissues which repair damaged organs, boost the functions of organs or replace missing functions. Therefore, … [Read more...] about 3D method uses patients’ own cells to repair tissue damage
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Story highlights Katie Stubblefield tried to kill herself with a gun at 18; now, she is the youngest face transplant recipient in US history "I am able to touch my face now, and it feels amazing," Katie says She is featured on the cover of National Geographic's September issue (CNN)As Katie Stubblefield brushed her fingers across her face, she could feel the wound. Her vision is greatly impaired due to her injury, but touching her face allowed her to feel what her doctors were working around the clock to treat. She could feel where her face was swollen. She could feel the portions that were missing. That was before Katie, at 21, became the youngest person in the United States to receive a face transplant. The transplant, performed last year, aims to restore Katie's face structure and functions -- such as chewing, breathing and swallowing -- which were lost in a severe gunshot injury, the haunting outcome of a suicide attempt as a teenager. Now, Katie hopes to use her historic … [Read more...] about Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a ‘second chance’
How do complex biological structures -- an eye, a hand, a brain -- emerge from a single fertilized egg? This is the fundamental question of developmental biology, and a mystery still being grappled with by scientists who hope to one day apply the same principles to heal damaged tissues or regrow ailing organs. Now, in a study published May 31, 2018 in Science, researchers have demonstrated the ability to program groups of individual cells to self-organize into multi-layered structures reminiscent of simple organisms or the first stages of embryonic development. "What is amazing about biology is that DNA allows all the instructions required to build an elephant to be packed within a tiny embryo," said study senior author Wendell Lim, PhD, chair and Byers Distinguished Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF, director of the NIH-funded Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, and co-director of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for … [Read more...] about Synthetic ’tissues’ build themselves
WASHINGTON — The loss of life from drug overdoses, particularly with the opioid crisis, may have contributed to an increase in organ donations, according to recently published medical research. Organ donation for transplantation from people who died from drug intoxication increased more than tenfold between 2000 and 2016, according to research published in the The New England Journal of Medicine. The increase has occurred “predominantly in the last four or five years,” said Mandeep R. Mehra, M.D., medical director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Investigators at University of Utah Health also worked on the study. Some doctors and people who need transplants are skeptical of the viability of the organs because of their source. But the study found that with heart and lung transplants, which are more sensitive to oxygen loss that can occur during overdoses, outcomes are very similar to other organ donor sources. … [Read more...] about Fatal drug overdoses and increased organ donations: What research has found