Successful fabrication of artificial heart that is fit for a human
July 21, 2022
A major step forward in fabricating an artificial heart, fit for a human has been made by scientists at the University of Utah. The team has created a 3D-printed heart that is capable of contracting and pumping blood. The artificial heart was developed using a bioprinting technique that uses a patient's own cells to create the organ. The artificial heart is currently being tested on pigs and could be available to humans within five years.
The artificial heart is a significant development as it is the first ever 3D-printed organ to be tested in animals. The organ is made from a bio-printed fabric that is filled with human cells. These cells are responsible for the heart's contracting and pumping abilities. The cells are printed in a layer-by-layer manner using a special 3D printing technology.
The artificial heart is currently being tested on pigs and could be available to humans within five years. The team is now working on developing the artificial heart for human use, incorporating additional features such as a blood filter and an ECG reader.