First Ever 3D Printed Thyroid Gland Announced by Russia’s 3D Bioprinting Solutions
- The transplantation is expected to take place very soon, with researchers choosing to implant the organ into a mouse suffering from hypothyroidism, a condition which is caused by an excess of iodine in the body. Once implanted, they will evaluate the condition of the mouse and release the results.
- The printer used to construct the thyroid, works by using stem cells taken from the living orgasm via its fat cells. It then mixes these cells with a hydrogel, placing them down via an extruder, layer-by-layer. Once the cells take shape, the hydrogel dissolves, leaving the organ.
- Researchers working for 3D Bioprinting Solutions chose the thyroid because of its simplicity. Thyroid cancer is the 16th most commonly diagnosed form of cancer on the plane.Additionally, millions more suffer from other thyroid disorders, meaning that the ability to print a thyroid gland on demand could have major positive implications.