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Why your replacement heart could be made in space one day

Why your replacement heart could be made in space one day

Written by David

January 22, 2019

The International Space Station could become a factory for specialist materials Imagine a laboratory growing human hearts – and imagine that laboratory floating in space hundreds of miles above the surface of the Earth. That may sound like science fiction, but bizarre as it seems, it could bring new hope for transplant patients within the next decade. While about 7,600 heart transplants were carried out around the world in 2017, there’s a desperate shortage of organs, with thousands of people on waiting lists dying every year. Efforts to grow human hearts in the lab are showing promise, but are hampered by the need for the organs to grow around a “scaffolding” to make sure they don’t collapse during the process. Reliably removing the scaffolding once the heart is complete is proving to be a challenge. How ‘ninja polymers’ are fighting killer superbugs Miniature heart inventor: ‘Breakthroughs take time to […]


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