Kentucky bio-engineers claim that they’ll be able to produce a fully-functional artificial human heart using 3D printing one decade from now. So if you’re struck with a bout of heart disease, consider the option of a bioficial heart transplant by 2023!
Scientists at the University of Louisville plan to create the heart, made out of a patient’s own cells, by 3D printing vessels, valves, and all other parts of the heart. So far, they have already created 3D-printed vessels, so progress is underway. They are confident that their goal of creating a full heart in ten years is realistic, but their major obstacle is access to funding.
The Kentucky team of physicians and engineers believes that once they have made the concept a reality, a fully-functioning “human” heart will be constructible in only 7 days. Waiting for a heart transplant will no longer lead to premature deaths and patients can say goodbye to the possibility of their bodies rejecting the heart, because it will be made out of their very own cells.