Can you Print Ovaries?- Being a parent and caring for a child can be a wonderful experience for all the women. The arrival of new born is undoubtedly joyous moment. Women worry about the ability to have children. Regenerative medicine has unblocked new pathways for treating patients with various reproductive system disorders. Reproductive tissue engineering is progressive to restore normal sexual function and preserve fertility in both female and male patients.
Did you ever think of printing a pair of ovaries? Then the answer would be undoubtedly yes from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine who managed to use 3D printers to come up with a scaffold potential to restore fertility in women who have survived cancer. 3D printing is a new frontier in the modern era of regenerative medicine, which stands as an icon in tissue and organ replacement for the millions of the people in need. CDC has stated that “3D printing technology has already been controlled to create all the organs from human skin to bone and heart tissue to cartilage required for surgery and transplants. Ovaries may be the next 3-D printed organ, holding promise for some of the estimated 6.1 million women who struggle with infertility in the US”.
Recently, Nature Communications published a report from the scientists of Northwestern University stating that they were successful in using 3D- printing to create mouse ovaries developed from its own ovarian follicles. What’s more with 3D printing technology and the use of bioprosthetic ovaries, the 3D mice were able to ovulate just like normal, mate, give birth and even nurse them. This idea of bio-prosthesis in creation of artificial ovaries would be a step closer for humans after the success of 3D printing in mice.
It may be a ray of hope to the child less parents in the future offering an additional option restoring natural hormonal function and fertility issues. While it might seem like there’s a great distance to travel researching before it’s implemented in humans. Much more research experimentation will be necessary for the technique to be fully adapted to humans.