Christchurch researchers trying to regrow veins with 3D printer

It's straight out of a sci-fi book but line by line, fantasy is becoming reality in a tiny lab at the University of Otago in Christchurch.

A study funded with a Marsden grant is underway to use 3D printing to help the body regrow veins in science that could dramatically increase the life of people all over the world.The researchers, Dr Khoon Lim and PhD candidate Cesar Alcala, are part of a new wave of scientists trying to 3D print new organs that can be implanted into the body when old ones fail like hearts, livers and kidneys.

While that science is advanced no one has figured out yet is how to replicate the veins, to keep the printed organs going.

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