Researchers in Europe have created a soft artificial heart that mimics the real thing. It still isn’t ready for prime time, but the approach, in which the developers used silicone and 3D-printing, could revolutionise the way patients with heart disease are treated.
We know our organs are supported by blood. We know that that blood is delivered to our various cells through a network of blood vessels. What we don’t know is how to create a fine three-dimensional network of vessels in the lab for bioengineered tissue. Researchers at Vanderbilt University found a clue in an unlikely…