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Houston Researchers Devise A Way To 3D Print Human Tissue

Instead of printing with plastics, Rice University bioengineer Jordan Miller and his colleagues use a water-based solution with human cells.

Penny and 3D Printed Air Sac
A penny shown next to a 3D printed scale-model of a lung-mimicking air sac.

Let’s say you needed a new lung, and instead of joining the thousands of people across the country on a donor waiting list, doctors just printed you a new one.

Sounds crazy, right? But that’s exactly what a team of researchers including Rice University bioengineer Jordan Miller are working on.

In the audio above, Miller tells Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty how far they’ve come in their research, recently published in the journal Science.

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