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In a major medical breakthrough, Tel Aviv University researchers "printed" the world's first 3D vascularized engineered heart using a patient's own cells and biological materials.
Until now, scientists in regenerative medicine — a field positioned at the crossroads of biology and technology — have been successful in printing only simple tissues without blood vessels.
"This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers," says Professor Tal Dvir of TAU's School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, who led the research for the study.
Their findings were published earlier this month in a study in Advanced Science.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States. Heart transplantation is currently the only treatment available to patients with end-stage heart failure. Given the dire sh
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