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The Chronic Kidney Disease Community is hit again with welcomed news of the progress of Three-Dimensional (3D) Printed Organs such as Kidneys which with newly discovered technology can be used to construct viable Transplantable Kidneys and cut the Kidney Transplant Waiting List times.
The rapidly growing Kidney Transplant Waiting List is not new to most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. Now as over 120,000 patients await a Kidney Transplant for an average of five (5) to seven (7) years or longer; patients and researchers have been searching for alternative options.
While the organic 3D printed transplants have been a theoretical option, they have also met various obstacles preventing 3D printed kidneys from becoming a reality. However, the publication, New Scientist now reports, "Researchers of the University of Florida in Gainesville came to a breakthrough method while searching for a way to enable the printing of items that cannot support their own weight." The new technique print objects inside of a gel material similar to hand sanitizer called, Acrylic Acid Polymer.
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In the test runs, the researchers used living cells including human blood-vessel and kidney cells. Findings were very promising and according to researchers it "could make it easier to print organs from living tissue." The Research Team was able to shape the material into small scale models.
Nevertheless, there is "a catch," noted New Scientist. Apparently, there are a few "shortcomings" associated with this process, "but the possibility presents a considerable amount of promise going forward, and the researchers from the project are optimistic" about the ability of 3D printed kidneys.
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