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- Scientists Create 3D Printed Ears And Noses From Human Cells For People Born Without Body Parts Or Who Have Facial Scarring As A Result Of Burns, Trauma Or Cancer
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Scientists in England have created artificial ears-nose through 3D printing. These organs can be implanted in children and adults who do not have ears or nose on their face since birth. These artificial organs will be prepared and implanted from the patient’s cells.
It has been prepared by scientists from Swansea University in Wales. Scientists say, apart from ears and nose, other parts of the face can also be prepared through 3D printing. With the help of this technique, the damage caused due to burns, cancer and other traumas can be compensated on the face.
Organs made from patient’s stem cells
Swansea University has started the Scar-Free Foundation to help such people. Such people have been included in clinical trials who have lost some part of the face. Such patients say, currently plastic prosthetic is being used, but they are not able to feel it as a part of the body. Keeping this in mind, the Scar Foundation is developing artificial nose and ears with the help of stem cells from the same patients, so that it can be implanted in the same patients.
The 3D-printed ear has been made with a special kind of bioink.
There is no need to give cartilage with pain
Scientists say that cartilage is not taken from the patient’s body to prepare the prosthesis, because doing so would require them to undergo painful surgery. After the surgery is completed, its mark will come on the body. So stem cells from patients are taken.
Bioinks are made from these stem cells and plant-derived nanocellulose. With the help of this bioink, 3D printer and a software, the prosthesis is made.
The first 3D-printed ear will be fitted to 10-year-old Radia Miyah.
how safe is bioink
Scientists claim that the bioink used to make prostheses is safe. It is non-toxic and does not affect the immune system that fights diseases.
The new method of implanting prostheses is quite different, says Simon Weston, a retired British Army officer and brand ambassador of the foundation, who suffered severe burns in an accident. In this technique, skin is not used from any part of the body. The patient does not have to deal with this painful process.