Biological Engin-ear-ing: 3D Printed Virus-Built Organ

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Nimrod Heldman, Belcher Laboratory

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This image shows A 3D printed human ear made from a genetically engineered virus. It is to the best of our knowledge the first time a 3D printed organ was printed with a genetically engineered resin. One of our aims is to be able to create a scaffold for organ growth by genetically engineering the virus to present functionalities that help cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. The size of the ear is about 5 mm x 7 mm.