A team of Danish researchers has succeeded in developing artificial ovaries using 3D printing technology. Thanks to this innovation, women with infertility problems could have a better chance of getting pregnant.
The British newspaper The Guardian revealed that a team of Danish researchers had succeeded in creating an artificial ovary from human tissue. Another innovation, this ovary could be conceived thanks to a 3D printer and can be kept alive for several weeks.
New hopes for women with infertility
The primary beneficiaries of this artificial ovary could be women who have undergone treatment following cancer or multiple sclerosis, for example. These are all diseases whose cure can cause infertility. Until now, the best solution for these women was to freeze their ovaries before following the needed treatments for curing their diseases.
The new approach of developing artificial ovaries using 3D printing could be less dangerous for the health of these women.
Artificial ovaries developed with 3D printing technology were successfully tested on mice
After designing the artificial ovaries, the research team implanted them in seven mice. Among them, three managed to give birth to perfectly healthy offsprings.
However, testing on humans will not be conducted soon. According to Susann Pores, one of the researchers, “it may take another five to ten years of work before we can test on women.”
The 3D printing technology is revolutionizing the medicine
This case was not the first when the 3D printing technology was used in medicine. For example, employing 3D printers to produce prostheses for amputees is already a reality.
Also, last month, a team of researchers based in Newcastle, UK, even managed to print a cornea which, according to the WHO, could eventually be beneficial for about 5 million people worldwide who are affected by corneal blindness.
Now, Danish researchers might’ve found a less invasive method to tackle infertility in women by developing artificial ovaries using 3D printing technology.