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3D Printed Mini Human Liver Survives 40 Days and Works Like the Real Thing

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Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 11:26 PM by AlexMuller

Organovo’s 3D printed mini liver just shattered its own record, carrying out the same cellular functions as a natural human liver for 40 days in the lab.

 

That may not seem like a lot, human liver cells are replaced about every 300 to 500 days, but the company’s previous millimetre sized liver slivers only managed five days.

 

The trick: Organovo uses the same mix of hepatocytes (the cells that carry out liver functions) and endothelial cells (which form the liver’s architectural support) found in nature, leading cells to develop more naturally than other experiments that used only the functional cells. It’s a small but significant step for the more than 120,000 people on organ transplant waiting lists worldwide.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
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Important step forward- it is based on better hepatocyte to endothelial ratio Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
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Good news for over 120, 000 patients Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-10
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Organovo is making a mark in the transplantation reserch Reply


 

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