Nasa is working on printing artificial organs in space

Last week, six years after NASA introduced its Vascular Tissue Challenge, a contest designed to speed up analysis that would sometime lead to artificial organs, the company named two successful groups. The problem required groups to create thick, vascularized human organ tissue that would survive for 30 days.

The two groups, named Winston and WFIRM, each from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, used completely different 3D-printing strategies to create lab-grown liver tissue that might fulfill all of NASA’s necessities and keep their perform.

In 2019, astronaut Christina Koch activated the BioFabrication Facility (BFF), which was created by the Greenville, Indiana-based aerospace analysis firm Techshot to print natural tissues in microgravity.

NASA Image: JSC2019E037579 – Preflight image of the commercially developed and operated BioFabrication Facility (BFF) and the Advanced Space Experiment Processor (ADSEP). Together they comprise a 3D tissue bioprinting system for the International Space Station (ISS). Photo courtesy of Techshot Inc


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