THIS BIOTECH COMPANY CLAIMS TO HAVE 3D PRINTED A MINI HUMAN HEART

There’s a national shortage of donor organs in the United States — a terrifying predicament for the hundreds of thousands of patients on transplant waiting lists. But a new technology has the chance to one day make the donor organ obsolete.

Chicago-based biotech outfit Biolife4D claims to have 3D bioprinted a miniaturized human heart — chambers, ventricles, and all. Though it’s still years out, the long-term goal is to print full-scale human hearts that can be transplanted into human patients, like changing out a watch battery.

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