A fascinating development in the use of 3D printing within medicine - in a world first, scientists have 3D printed ovaries and used them to produce healthy offspring. Researchers created an artificial ovary and implanted it into a mouse, which went on to produce eggs, mate successfully, and give birth to healthy pups. The vision for an ovarian prosthesis is to restore fertility to young cancer patients who have been sterilised by their cancer treatment.
“Using bioengineering to create organ structures that function and restore the health of that tissue for that person, is the holy grail of bioengineering for regenerative medicine. Our hope is that this will be the ovary of the future.”