Israeli scientists shock the world with the first 3D printed heart
Scientists at Tel Aviv University have printed the world’s first 3D heart made of human tissue and biological molecules.
The groundbreaking technology could potentially provide replacements for any organ in the human body. The extraordinary innovation was reported by scientists Prof. Tal Dvir and Dr. Assaf Shapira of Tel-Aviv University.
In a post-printing stage, the artificial biological heart is cultivated in the lab and “taught” to behave like a normal heart. Once the cells develop and the heart “learns” to pump blood through the vessels, the 3D-printed heart, which is about the size of a rabbit’s heart, will be transplanted into an animal to test its ability to function as a real heart.