Printing Your New Organs

Printed Kidney at TED Conference

This is Anthony Atala, a tissue engineer, at the TED Conference showing a printed kidney. It’s basically a scaffolding lined with kidney cells that can be safely transplanted into patients. The cells were put there using, you guess it, an ordinary desktop inkjet printer, with the ink cartridge housing live cells instead of ink.

This is the contraption he used to make the kidney. The printer is inside the glass housing.

[via Fast Company]