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First 3D Printed Human Heart

04/15/2019 5:16 PM

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190415102242.htm

Now this is good news! 3D printing of tissues and organs using your own cells = massive change for the better, in medicine.

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04/15/2019 7:53 PM

Pretty amazing, but still a ways to go...but then again nothing ever seems to turn out the way it's represented for the future...

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04/15/2019 9:33 PM

The researchers say it will be a decade before this is commonly available in hospitals. The heart is definitely a difficult one, but others could be done sooner.

The success rate and lifespan of an organ transplant will go way up when the rejection issues are taken out of the equation. The issue of waiting for a donor match while health deteriorates is also removed (in theory... it will take something else to address general wait times for care in this country!).

And of course, the criminal market for organs will be finished. That alone will be a big step towards a better world.

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03/12/2020 6:59 PM

Researchers since the 70s, predicted human extinction 6 or 7 times.... Let's all be optomistrists here, and look through the lenz for a more positive outlook.

I have a lit of parts I would like to replace, after a little editing...

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04/15/2019 8:49 PM

But, do those those parts get "connected" using SAE or metric 'threads'? (wink,wink)

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04/15/2019 9:25 PM

In Canada, it's all metric... we're um... built that way.

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04/16/2019 1:26 PM

This a critical, important step in organ repair/replacement worthy of praise. A lot more work and study has to be done before any 3D printed organ can be placed into a patient. First, this heart does use human cells and patient-specific biological materials but it is the size of a rabbit's heart, not a human heart. I wonder how much bigger is an infant's heart to this heart? Also, there is not one word mentioned in the article about this heart beating or pumping any fluid at all.

So don't expect this technology to save anyone soon. Nonetheless, this is a great achievement.

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04/16/2019 1:51 PM

"the heart of a child is about the size of his fist"...

Yes, one of the interesting results is that they identified next steps for research, how to enlarge the cells and make a bigger heart.

The ability to pump can only be evaluated by transplant, which they will have to test on animals.

My guess is that liver transplants will come first, then kidney, and heart will be among the last.

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04/17/2019 8:58 AM

Really? You believe the only way one can test a pump is to transplant it into a living creature. Let me introduce you to peristaltic pump testing. Transplanting into a similarly sized animal will be the penultimate test but certainly not the only way to test a pump.

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04/17/2019 10:37 AM

I guess the additional concern is for specialized cells to behave as needed - that does require in vivo.

What flaws would you anticipate in the pumping action of a heart that follows the basic blueprint? The design has been tested extensively.. A material failure is possible, given the cells are not the expected or intended size, according to the article.

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04/17/2019 11:43 AM

The basic blueprint also fails in multiple ways. To 3D print a muscle and not see how it moves can be fine if you only want the nutritional value.

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04/17/2019 12:34 PM

I'm guessing that they didn't expect the heart to be so tiny...

With bioprinting, the "ink" is key. What cells do you start with, and how do you nurture them, what are the best ways to influence gene expression for the desired result.

In scaling up a heart, you wouldn't want to do anything that would cause the basic blueprint to fail.

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04/17/2019 2:53 PM

You still seem to be missing my point. (Yes, I'm mostly to blame for that.)

If the printed heart does not perform this sequence of actions, at about this nominal rate while moving the necessary volume of fluid then what good is it. The article didn't even mention if the muscle moved at all by itself or with external stimuli applied. Printing a dead heart is amusing. Printing a pumping heart is something to really celebrate.

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04/17/2019 3:59 PM

Champagne for that day, then. If we're still around.

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04/18/2019 6:20 AM

Forget the myocardial muscle! Just print functioning blue parts in the drawing below!

1 : Sinoatrial node

2: Atrioventricular node

PIECE OF CAKE!

These are specialized myocardial cells that do not work not as muscles, but as nerves !!!

Electrical stimuli are generated in specific nodes to keep the heart working autonomously. A backup / relay system is capable of keeping the heart beating if things go wrong.

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04/18/2019 9:14 AM

Stitching these into another heart might be a little tricky.

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04/17/2019 12:51 PM

Methane produced by cattle is one of the sources of the "green house effect". 3D printed muscles in the food factories of the future will help to reduce global warming and number of vegans as well.

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04/17/2019 8:17 AM

The complexity of the human body exceeds by far the human understanding: it is great that researchers were able to print a tissue in the form of a human heart, no matter how big it is... BUT, to expect this organ-like printed tissue to work as an organ (even in 50 years from now) is very naive.

PS: how much for a new brain?

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04/17/2019 8:47 AM

Bioprinted blood vessels have already been successfully transplanted in animals. Much easier to print than a heart, but it will have an impact on the treatment of arterial / heart disease.

This article from June 2017: scroll down for details about the animal transplants.

https://aabme.asme.org/posts/3d-printing-of-blood-vessels-could-be-game-changer

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04/17/2019 12:45 PM

Well, there is a slight difference between a blood vessel or a human bone and a heart.

At the company I work for we manufactures -among other products- implantable hydroaxyapatite (HAP).

HAP is the scaffold a healthy body needs to generate bone. By mixing this hydroxyapatite with a biological polymer like Polylactic acid (PLA) we could easily make a filament to custom print any bone in this machine.... but that is not core business

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04/17/2019 8:55 AM

Here is an interesting site with recent news in bioprint and transplants.

Bioprinted tibia, successful transplant in human.

Bioprinted thyroid gland, functional in mouse! That is pretty exciting.

Results are really promising for printed tissues to function normally after transplant. So far it is not an experimental fail, not at all!

https://organdonationalliance.org/tag/3d-printing/

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12/07/2019 10:42 PM

I really like reading through a post that can make people think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

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