On the Road to 3-D Printed Organs
On the Road to 3-D Printed Organs
Researchers can print cells and biomaterials that make up human tissues, but there’s still a long way to go before fully functional organs can be made to order.
On the Road to 3-D Printed Organs
On the Road to 3-D Printed Organs

Researchers can print cells and biomaterials that make up human tissues, but there’s still a long way to go before fully functional organs can be made to order.

Researchers can print cells and biomaterials that make up human tissues, but there’s still a long way to go before fully functional organs can be made to order.

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Infographic: Which 3-D Printed Tissues are Closest to the Clinic?
Infographic: Which 3-D Printed Tissues are Closest to the Clinic?
Emma Yasinski | Feb 26, 2020
Skin is much easier to create using 3-D printing than intestines.
Glioblastoma on a Chip
Glioblastoma on a Chip
Jef Akst | Jul 15, 2019
Researchers use 3-D printing technology to construct a brain cancer model that accurately recapitulated in vivo biology and predicted patient drug responses.
Infographic: A 3-D Printed Brain Tumor
Infographic: A 3-D Printed Brain Tumor
Jef Akst | Jul 15, 2019
How researchers create a glioblastoma on a chip that can predict patients’ response to treatments
How 3-D Printing Could Help Shape Surgery
How 3-D Printing Could Help Shape Surgery
Sarah Webb | Jul 2, 2019
Technology is enabling increasingly lifelike models of organs to help doctors practice operations.
Image of the Day: Handheld Science
Image of the Day: Handheld Science
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 18, 2019
Researchers create a 3-D printed, portable centrifuge that can be affordably produced for science classrooms.
Infographic: How to Make a Brain Organoid
Infographic: How to Make a Brain Organoid
Ashley Yeager | Jul 31, 2018
Mini-brains can be grown in culture or printed.
Children Receive Bespoke, Lab-Grown Ears
Children Receive Bespoke, Lab-Grown Ears
Kerry Grens | Jan 29, 2018
The tissue, grown on a 3-D scaffold and seeded from the kids’ own cells, was transplanted to correct deformities in their cartilage.
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018
The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Ruth Williams | Dec 31, 2017
The instrument presents a new option for researchers working on large-scale fly behavior studies.
Image of the Day: Eye of Pig
Image of the Day: Eye of Pig
The Scientist Staff | Sep 6, 2017
This 10-centimeter-wide pig eye replica includes even the most intricate of blood vessels, some no wider than 30 micrometers.
Custom-Made Molecules
Custom-Made Molecules
Ruth Williams | Aug 20, 2017
A new prototype machine can make the biological molecules of one’s choice from digital DNA sequences.
First Organ-Specific Tissue Sheets
First Organ-Specific Tissue Sheets
Ashley Yeager | Aug 9, 2017
The material is durable, flexible, and can serve as a scaffold for cell growth, a study shows.
Mice Successfully Reproduce with 3-D Printed Ovaries
Mice Successfully Reproduce with 3-D Printed Ovaries
Bob Grant | May 16, 2017
Researchers have constructed prosthetic female reproductive organs and implanted them in mice, some of which conceived and gave birth to live young.
Image of the Day: Missing Pieces
Image of the Day: Missing Pieces
The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2017
Researchers made a 3-D reconstruction of one of neurobiology's most famous brains—that of Henry Gustav Molaison (HM).
Flavor Savors
Flavor Savors
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 1, 2016
Odors experienced via the mouth are essential to our sense of taste.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 6, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Hip to be Square
Hip to be Square
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 6, 2015
Scientists use 3-D printing and computer modeling to demonstrate the advantages of the seahorse’s non-cylindrical tail.
<em>The Scientist</em> on The Pulse, March 21
The Scientist on The Pulse, March 21
Kerry Grens | Mar 24, 2014
Big Bang ripples, ancient moss revived, and lab-made heart tissue
Opinion: I Want My Kidney
Opinion: I Want My Kidney
Shipra Agrawal | Nov 7, 2013
With the advent of xenotransplantation, tissues made from cell-seeded scaffolds, and 3-D-printing, custom-made organs must be right around the corner.