By Meg Graham via chicagotribune.com
ybe your heart got ripped out this Valentine’s Day. Someday soon, you might be able to 3D print yourself a new one.
A study published Monday by regenerative medicine scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center says it is possible to print living tissue structures to replace injured or diseased tissue in patients.
Traditional 3D printers haven't had the ability to print at the size, strength and function needed for parts that would actually work inside the human body, according to the researchers. But in recent years companies and researchers have sought methods of making usable 3D-printed body parts, from bioprinted liver tissue to heart valves.