Media reports on kidney printing inaccurate

Mar 04, 2011

A surgeon specializing in regenerative medicine on Thursday "printed" a real kidney using a machine that eliminates the need for donors when it comes to organ transplants.

Reports in the media that Dr. Anthony Atala printed a real kidney at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., are completely inaccurate. At the conference, Dr. Atala used a new type of technology to print a kidney-shaped mold and explained how one day – many years from now – the technology might be used to print actual organs.

At the conference, Atala was reunited with a former patient who received a laboratory-engineered bladder 10 years ago. News reports are incorrectly saying that he received a printed kidney.

Reports that bioprinting will eliminate the need for organ donation are also false. While this technology shows promise, it will be many years before it could be applied to patients.

This technology has the ability to print cells and biocompatible materials at the same time. The hope is that one day it will be used to print tissues and organs. This demonstration, in which a kidney-shaped mold is printed, shows how the technology works:

• Cells and biomaterials are inserted in the printer cartridges.

• A CT scan from a patient would be used to create a "map" to guide the printer.

• The printer "prints" biocompatible materials that form the kidney shape.

• While this mold has the shape of a kidney, it is not functional because it has none of the vessels or internal structures.

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UleeUggams
2 / 5 (4) Mar 04, 2011
Frankenkidney coming to a printer near you
googleplex
4.8 / 5 (6) Mar 04, 2011
Similar projects have also worked e.g. bladder regeneration. This article is very thin on info. One can see that it is possible to regrow a limb progressively by copying and using the other healthy limb an inch at a time. The key is to construct a matrix comprised of a bio-degradible scaffold seeded with cells taken from the sample. Obviously there is no rejection issue as the seed tissue is original to the patient. This harnesses the bodies own healing process with the kick start from the implant. It extends work that has been done for years using skin grafts and coral bone implants. The breakthrough is constructing a custom matrix using computerized scaffold/cell printers.
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TheQuietMan
4 / 5 (5) Mar 04, 2011
technology existed for 20 years

but big pharma dosent want to loose billions

so u wont see this tech in a clinic near u for another 20 years

they trying to ban even vitamins and natural hormones
couse every time u pop a vitamin they loose billions again

and thats why this post has been removed


Yep, and big oil is suppressing synthetic fuels, and the 100 MPG carburetor.

Conspiracy theories bore me.

Every war has some medical benefits eventually. The current batch is creating horrific numbers of amputations, somehow I don't think treatments for that is going to be suppressed. I just hope there are no major hurtles that were lightly skimmed over in the story. It was indeed light on details.
tigger
5 / 5 (1) Mar 05, 2011
Anthony Atala on growing organs, TED Talks:

http://www.youtub...Rgg9botI
Dr_IC
5 / 5 (6) Mar 05, 2011
Seriously? This is from Dr.Atala's institute homepage:

"Media Reports on Kidney Printing Inaccurate

Reports in the media that Dr. Anthony Atala printed a real kidney at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., are completely inaccurate. At the conference, Dr. Atala used a new type of technology to print a kidney-shaped mold and explained how one day many years from now the technology might be used to print actual organs.

At the conference, Atala was reunited with a former patient who received a laboratory-engineered bladder 10 years ago. News reports are incorrectly saying that he received a printed kidney."
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Mar 05, 2011
Seriously? This is from Dr.Atala's institute homepage:

"Media Reports on Kidney Printing Inaccurate

Reports in the media that Dr. Anthony Atala printed a real kidney at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., are completely inaccurate. At the conference, Dr. Atala used a new type of technology to print a kidney-shaped mold and explained how one day many years from now the technology might be used to print actual organs.

At the conference, Atala was reunited with a former patient who received a laboratory-engineered bladder 10 years ago. News reports are incorrectly saying that he received a printed kidney."

Thank you for this. I sincerely appreciate this contribution of correction.

Shame on you physorg.
brianlmerritt
not rated yet Mar 07, 2011
Sadly if you get your headlines from other Internet news & science sites, this is what happens.

If you go to wfubmc dot edu they explain that the actually amazing leap forward demonstrated at Ted was growing a kidney shaped mold, and that one day many years in the future it would be possible to use similar techniques to create a viable kidney.

Sorry to repeat what others have said, but it is good to go to the source and see the Wake Forest University correction directly.

100s of other sites also fell for this one, so don't be too hard on Physorg (after they retract or correct this article)