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Swiss Researchers 3D Print Human Heart

Posted Date 07/18/17

A team of researchers from the ETH University in Zurich have successfully 3D printed a silicone heart that behaves like a human organ and is the same size as a human heart. Tests have proven that the artificial heart pumps blood no worse than the original organ but there is one problem: the material can only endure 3,000 beats, which is equal to about half an hour’s worth of a human heart’s activity. The good news is that silicone is biocompatible, that is, the body does not reject it. The bad news: developing a sufficiently durable silicone-based material to start printing artificial hearts that can be implanted in humans, is a major challenge.

http://www.techradar.com/news/working-3d-printed-hearts-are-now-reality-but-you-wont-get-one-any-time-soon

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