“The thyroid is a tiny organ, but it can cause some big problems if it malfunctions – and there are quite a few ways in which it can malfunction. It’s also especially problematic because while other organ problems can be corrected through transplantation, thyroid transplants aren’t done – the risks of rejection and problems caused by immunosuppression are considered to far outweigh the benefits compared to treatment with drugs. That may change soon, though. The reason scientists are so eager to create 3D printed, transplantable organs is not only because organs can be created on demand, rather than waiting for a donor – it’s also because organs created from a patient’s own stem cells carry much less risk of rejection.
In 2015, a group of scientists at Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions made history when they successfully 3D printed and transplanted a thyroid gland into a mouse. We’ve now received an update on the scientists’ research, which has been published in a paper entitled “Bioprinting of functional vascularized mouse thyroid gland construct,” available here…”
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