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15 Mar 2011

Solving a Healthcare Crisis

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Anthony Atala: Printing Human Organs

When we come across stories of this magnitude, we find it necessary to put off discussing medical licensure & bring to you slightly more compelling topics, like this TEDTALK presenting the incredible advances being made in the engineering of human organs & how this ingenuity is capable of solving a major healthcare crisis – the shortage of organs for transplants.

Watch this short TEDTALK presented by Surgeon Anthony Atala and be inspired, amazed, and part of a solution.

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About this Talk:

Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala’s young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago, which saved his life. Watch the TEDTALK to hear his story and be inspired by this amazing technology.

About Anthony Atala:

Anthony Atala is the director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, where his work focuses on growing and regenerating tissues and organs. His team engineered the first lab-grown organ to be implanted into a human – a bladder – and is developing experimental fabrication technology that can “print” human tissue on demand. In 2007, Atala and a team of Harvard University researchers showed that stem cells can be harvested from the amniotic fluid of pregnant women. This and other breakthroughs in the development of smart bio-materials and tissue fabrication technology promises to revolutionize the practice of medicine.

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