Most of us have probably heard of or seen 3D printing, even if only on television. The rate of progress is phenomenal.
Many of us here are sceptical over the idea of replacing a thyroid in someone who has autoimmune thyroid disease of any type, and a large proportion of sufferers do indeed have an autoimmune disease. That scepticism probably continues through where people have had thyroid cancer. But the incredible advances are nonetheless very interesting and perhaps there are answers to the obvious questions?
3D Bioprinted Thyroid Gland by 2015, Kidney by 2018, Says Russian Scientists
Predictions as to when the first living, transplantable organs will be available has been the subject of much debate. However, according to a group of Russian scientists, the release of the first organs will be in 2015. The group has taken a little bit of a different approach since they will be starting with transplant-ready thyroid glands.
Obviously this story might have elements of marketing puff, but thought it sufficiently thought-provoking to post.