3D printing blood vessels: a key step to solving the organ donor crisis

About 120,000 people in the U.S. are on a waiting list for an organ donation and every day 22 of those people will die because there aren’t enough available organs. To overcome this organ donor crisis, bioengineers are working hard to develop 3D printing technologies that can construct tissues and organs from scratch by using … Continue reading 3D printing blood vessels: a key step to solving the organ donor crisis

Meet ITOP: A One Stop Shop for 3D Printing Body Parts

“They have managed to create what appears to be the goose that really does lay golden eggs!” That was how UK surgeon Martin Birchall described it to BBC News. The goose in this case is a 3D bioprinter, and the golden eggs are the human sized tissues that the bioprinter successfully constructed. This breakthrough for … Continue reading Meet ITOP: A One Stop Shop for 3D Printing Body Parts

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: caveats on acid-bath stem cells, 3-D printing and lung disease

Blood cells were genetically modified to glow with green fluorecence when they converted to stem cells Here are some stem cell stories that caught our eye this past week. Some are groundbreaking science, others are of personal interest to us, and still others are just fun. A new type of stem cell and a new … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: caveats on acid-bath stem cells, 3-D printing and lung disease

Doctors use 3D printer to create windpipe and save baby’s life

The words “breakthrough” and “revolutionary” are overused in the media for many stories, and particularly for medical ones, but it’s hard not to search for something powerful and descriptive when you hear how doctors in Ohio used a 3D printer to create a new windpipe that saved the life of a baby boy. (Here’s a … Continue reading Doctors use 3D printer to create windpipe and save baby’s life

One day, scientists could grow the human cardiovascular system from stem cells

The human cardiovascular system is an intricate, complex network of blood vessels that include arteries, capillaries and veins. These structures distribute blood from the heart to all parts of the body, from our head to our toes, and back again. This week, two groups of scientists published studies showing that they can create key components … Continue reading One day, scientists could grow the human cardiovascular system from stem cells

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: spinal cord injury trial update, blood stem cells in lungs, and using parsley for stem cell therapies

More good news on a CIRM-funded trial for spinal cord injury. The results are now in for Asterias Biotherapeutics’ Phase 1/2a clinical trial testing a stem cell-based therapy for patients with spinal cord injury. They reported earlier this week that six out of six patients treated with 10 million AST-OPC1 cells, which are a type … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: spinal cord injury trial update, blood stem cells in lungs, and using parsley for stem cell therapies

Stem cell stories that caught our eye: hopeful stroke data, new target for muscular dystrophy and a rave from Silicon Valley

Here are some stem cell stories that caught our eye this past week. Some are groundbreaking science, others are of personal interest to us, and still others are just fun. Stroke study offers hope.  The dogma in stroke recovery says six months after the event patients will have recovered as much as they ever will. … Continue reading Stem cell stories that caught our eye: hopeful stroke data, new target for muscular dystrophy and a rave from Silicon Valley