Medical research has taken a step in the future, as Russian scientists have successfully cultivated the mouse's thyroid gland in…
Medical research has taken a step in the future, as Russian scientists have successfully cultivated the mouse’s thyroid gland in zero gravity with a 3D bioprinter at the International Space Station (ISS). And human organs can be next in line.
The breakthrough called Organaut was delivered to the ISS by a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft on December 3 of Expedition 58.
In what is no longer a plot for a sci-fi movie, the innovative device created a mouse thyroid gland in zero gravity. And the result was a success. Invitro, whose subsidiary 3D Bioprinting Solutions built the printer, told Ria Novosti: “We received images from space. The camera clearly shows a live construction of the mouse thyroid gland.”
The results will be returned to the ground for analysis later in December and published in February 201
9. Invitro says that maturation of printed organs and tissues in zero gravity occurs much faster and more effectively than on earth. And this milestone experiment on pressure devices outside our planet can pave the way for printing human tissue in this favorable environment.
“There is nothing impossible”. Investment manager Aleksandr Ostrovsky said when asked whether human organs would soon be printed 3D on ISS. “The only question is in costs. At the moment we are working on new types of bioprinting,” he added.
And while we wait for official videos of aerospace printing, watch what FABION bioprinter, which also evolved of 3D Bioprinting Solutions, succeeded in achieving muscle cells in the earth’s gravity back in 2015.
3D printing technology has already been used to create everything from weapon to house. ISS had a 3D printer delivered by NASA 2014 to create a demand chain for key parts and tools in zero gravity.
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